Biggest Applebee's Franchise Faces Unpaid Wages Suit

By Kurt Orzeck (August 11, 2015, 4:43 PM EDT) -- The largest Applebee's franchise is facing claims that it forced restaurant employees to work during meal breaks without paying them or letting them leave the premises, according to a putative class action filed Monday in California state court.

The suit accuses Apple American Group LLC, which owns about 450 Applebee's restaurants in California and other states, of violating the Golden State's labor laws by intentionally requiring off-the-clock work and not paying its nonexempt employees all the minimum wages they were due.

Lead plaintiff Taelyn Lewis says she told Apple American and the state Labor and Workforce Development Agency about her allegations...

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