Chef's Workers Say They Received Tip Wages For Nontip Jobs

Law360, New York (August 13, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT) -- Tipped restaurant employees hit celebrity chef Daniel Boulud and Dinex Group LLC with a proposed class action Friday in New York federal court alleging they were forced to spend significant parts of their shifts performing nontipped tasks in violation of wage-and-hour laws.

Plaintiff Graciela Roman, who bussed tables for Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud from December 2007 to July 2009 and from October 2009 to July 2012, claimed the Boulud restaurants had a pattern of undercompensating tipped workers by making them do “side work,” such as...
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