Hard Rock Cafe Rocked By FLSA Action Over Tips

Law360, New York (April 29, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT) -- Members of the waitstaff for Hard Rock Cafe International Inc. have filed a putative class action challenging the restaurant chain's payment and gratuity distribution practices, which the plaintiffs claim violate the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Hard Rock broke the law by paying waitstaff an hourly rate less than the federal minimum wage and forcing them to turn over a portion of their tips to nonwaitstaff employees, according to an amended complaint filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Waitstaff have...
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