Dining Co. To Pay Boston Servers $1M To End Tip Pool Suit

Law360 (August 15, 2018, 5:55 PM EDT) -- A Massachusetts federal judge gave initial approval on Wednesday to a settlement that would have Landry’s Inc. pay $1 million to a class of 250 servers employed at its Boston seafood restaurant, Chart House, who claimed the dining and entertainment conglomerate wrongfully remitted their tips to hostesses.

U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs granted preliminary approval to the deal to end claims that Chart House hostesses in Boston did not qualify as waitstaff, so the company’s inclusion of them in a tip pool constituted wage theft.

The settlement amount includes $333,333 in attorneys’ fees and a $10,000 incentive payment for each...

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