Leeds, Morelli and Brown P.C., has filed a class action lawsuit in Nassau County State Supreme Court on behalf of Brahim Chhab, a former waiter for the Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center. The lawsuit accuses the upscale establishment of withholding gratuity wages from its catering staff, according to the plaintiff’s lawyers. Chhab, who was employed by the hotel between July 2008 and October 2011, alleges that he and more than 50 former and current employees -who are potential members of the class- never received tips collected as a 20 percent gratuity charged to customers on service bills.
Jeffrey Brown, a partner at Leeds Morelli and Brown, P.C., stated “the practice used at the Glen Cove Mansion is not uncommon. Many catering halls, country clubs and restaurants add a service charge or gratuity to the bill but do not pass on these gratuities or tips to the wait staff. It’s almost blatant when establishments call it a ‘gratuity’ in black and white, yet give none of those tips to the staff. They are just waiting for a lawsuit to happen.” Full article.
Throughout history employers have taken advantage of employees. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New York wage and hour laws were enacted to address these injustices. They protect employees and ensure they are paid proper wages and properly compensated for working overtime. According to the New York State Department of Labor, violations of any provision of the Labor Law, the Industrial Code, or any rule, regulation, or lawful order of the Department of Labor is a misdemeanor. See: www.labor.state.ny.us.
The lawyers at Leeds Brown Law, PC, focus on matters relating to wrongful termination, unjust dismissal, in handling overtime claims, wage and hour law violations, and unemployment compensation claims. Our lawyers service injured parties who have been affected by employers who violate these important equal opportunity and employment rights throughout Long Island, the New York Metropolitan area, as well as nation-wide. For a free consultation, contact Leeds, Morelli and Brown, PC at 1-800-585-4658.