Four Seasons Found Liable For Unpaid Server Tips

Law360, New York (August 29, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT) -- A Hawaii federal judge said Friday that Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts was liable for unpaid wages in a class action claiming the company cheated waitstaff out of tips by pocketing a portion of gratuity fees added to guest checks.

U.S. District Judge Helen Gillmor awarded partial summary judgment to food and beverage servers at the chain’s Maui and Hualalai resorts, striking down the hotel giant’s arguments that it could not be classified as the plaintiffs’ employer under Hawaii compensation laws.

“We’ve been fighting this case...
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