Pizza Chain's Pooled-Tip Policy Flouts FLSA, Class Says

Law360, New York (January 3, 2014, 5:34 PM EST) -- A former server at Gusano's Chicago-Style Pizzeria hit the franchise with a collective action in federal court Thursday, accusing the company of using an illegal tip-pooling policy that allowed it to pay waiters less than the minimum wage.

Jacqueline Conners, who worked as a server at the Gusano’s location in Conway, Ark., claims that she was forced to pool her tips with cooks and other kitchen employees who typically do not receive gratuities, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Conners argues that because Gusano’s...
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