Applebee's Workers Say Dukes Doesn't Bar Class Cert.

Law360, New York (January 25, 2012, 6:04 PM EST) -- A class of former restaurant workers hit back Tuesday at a bid by an Applebee's International Inc. franchisee to decertify their class in Illinois federal court in the wake of stiffened certification standards the U.S. Supreme Court imposed last year in Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Dukes.

The plaintiffs — consisting of servers, bartenders and hosts — are one of three classes of former tipped employees who allege Appleillinois LLC, owner of 38 Applebee's restaurants in the state, improperly tabulated their pay by skimping on wages for...
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