Applebee's Can't Force Discovery In FLSA Suit: Judge

Law360, New York (January 6, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Finding that Applebee's International Inc. made an unduly burdensome request for discovery, a federal judge has rejected the restaurant chain's motion to compel interrogatories from thousands of opt-in plaintiffs in a collective action accusing the chain of paying tipped wages instead of minimum wage to servers and bartenders in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri signed an order Dec. 31 denying Applebee's request, writing that the detailed information...
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