Harvard Must Face Claims It Took Waiters' Tips, Judge Says

Law360, New York (March 29, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT) -- A putative class action accusing Harvard University of unlawfully taking tips from employees working at the school's food establishments is not preempted by federal law, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Thursday, a decision the plaintiff's attorney said guts the Ivy League school's primary defense.

U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock rejected Harvard's contention that determining whether retaining gratuity from its food service employees violates state law requires the court to interpret the collective bargaining agreement between the university and its workers' union. The CBA doesn't discuss...
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