Resort Operators Must Face Trial Over Tip-Pocketing Claim

By Tim Ryan (November 30, 2020, 3:57 PM EST) -- A proposed class of servers and housekeepers at three Pennsylvania resorts can go to trial with their allegation that the resorts' operators unfairly pocketed a gratuity charged to guests, a Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled, saying it isn't clear whether guests thought the fee was a tip to the workers.

In a decision issued Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Jennifer Wilson denied summary judgment on the workers' unjust enrichment claim against Highgate Hotels LP and subsidiary Cove Haven Inc., making it the last standing claim in the long-running class and collective action brought by hourly workers at resorts the companies operated until 2015....

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