Restaurant Co. Accused Of Race Bias, Wage Violations

Law360, New York (January 31, 2012, 10:08 PM EST) -- Employees of Darden Restaurant Inc.'s Capital Grille restaurants filed a putative class action Tuesday in Illinois federal court alleging the company discriminates against black servers and violates the Fair Labor Standards Act by requiring employees to work off the clock.

A group of servers, server assistants, bartenders, hosts, cooks and dishwashers at the Capital Grille New York City, Chicago and Chevy Chase, Md., locations said the company regularly requires employees to perform tasks before and after their shifts without paying them.

The company also requires tipped...
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