Chili's Workers Launch Wage Suit Over Use Of Tip Credit

By Sophia Morris (February 5, 2019, 8:20 PM EST) -- Chili's was hit with a proposed Fair Labor Standards Act class action in New York federal court Tuesday by workers who accuse the restaurant chain of failing to pay them the minimum wage they were entitled to by incorrectly claiming a tip credit.

Named plaintiffs Savannah Barrows and Michael Mendez allege that since 2013, Chili's Grill & Bar parent company Brinker International Inc. has failed to pay them the correct minimum wage, withheld their tips and has not provided "spread of hour" compensation, which entitles any restaurant employee whose workday runs longer than 10 hours to receive one hour's pay at...

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