NYC Bar Workers Clear First Cert. Hurdle In Wage Suit

Law360, New York (July 15, 2014, 9:06 PM EDT) -- A New York district judge on Monday granted conditional certification to a group of bartenders and barbacks accusing the operator of "premier" leather bar Eagle Bar NYC of minimum wage violations, finding the workers had alleged enough facts to clear their first certification hurdle.

U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest found the plaintiffs had satisfied the "light burden" required for conditional certification of a collective action as the workers had alleged that Eagle Open Kitchen LLC, the bar's corporate owner, maintained a common policy of neglecting to pay them sufficient wages for all hours worked.

"Because the pleadings and declarations, taken...

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