Ill. Applebee's Servers Win Class Cert. In Tipping Case

Law360, New York (March 4, 2010, 6:15 PM EST) -- A federal judge has granted class certification to a group of up to 10,000 former servers, bartenders and hosts who worked for an Illinois franchisee of Applebee's International Inc. in a suit alleging the company wrongly deducted a tip credit from their wages.

In a 47-page opinion, Magistrate Judge Geraldine Soat Brown of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois found that, in several instances, the plaintiffs had defined their proposed classes too narrowly, and she certified three classes of tipped employees who...
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