On February 11, 2015, Stephan Zouras, LLP filed a class and collective action complaint on behalf of current and former Friendly’s Servers.
Plaintiffs allege that Friendly’s and its franchisees, owners of roughly 300 restaurants from Maine to Florida, violated federal and state law by knowingly requiring its Servers to work “off-the-clock” during unpaid meal breaks and after their scheduled shifts without properly tracking this work or paying any wages for it. In addition, Plaintiffs claim that Friendly’s Servers spent more than 20% of their work time each week on non-tipped tasks for which they were paid the tipped minimum wage.
On May 11, 2016 the Court denied the motions to dismiss Plaintiffs’ claims filed by both Friendly’s and one of its franchisees. Plaintiffs are seeking to recover unpaid wages and other damages.
In 2017, both parties agreed to settlement and over 10,000 servers received compensation.
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