Frequently Asked Questions
What is this lawsuit about?
This case is about whether T.G.I. Friday’s failed to pay tipped employees such as servers, bussers, runners, bartenders, and barbacks, minimum wages, overtime pay, spread-of-hours pay, and uniform maintenance pay.
Who can be a part of this case?
Anyone who works or has worked as a server, busser, runner, bartender, barback or tipped worker at any of the T.G.I. Friday’s nationwide owned and/or operated by Carlson Restaurants Inc., at any time from April 2011 to the present.
Why should I participate in this lawsuit?
You could be entitled to a monetary award for unpaid wages. Our lawsuit alleges that T.G.I. Friday’s failed to pay proper minimum wages, overtime pay, spread-of-hours pay, and uniform maintenance pay. T.G.I. Friday’s further made unlawful deductions from employee paychecks, and failed to keep accurate records. If the case is successful, employees may receive unpaid wages, liquidated damages and interest.
Will it cost me anything to participate in this case?
No. The named Plaintiffs have entered into a contingency fee agreement with their attorneys. Under this agreement, you are not responsible for paying any of the attorneys’ fees or costs expended in the lawsuit. Plaintiffs’ counsel will be paid as follows: if there is a settlement, Plaintiffs’ counsel may ask the Court to award it up to 1/3 of any recovery obtained or may attempt to negotiate payment of attorneys’ fees separate from and in addition to the Class’s recovery. If there is no recovery, you pay nothing.
How do I join this lawsuit?
Any individual who works or has worked as a server, busser, runner, bartender, barback or other tipped worker at any of the T.G.I. Friday’s nationwide owned and/or operated by Carlson Restaurants Inc., - at any time from April 2011 to the Present - can participate in this case. To participate in this case, please fill out a consent form.
If I join in this action, what will happen?
If you choose to join this lawsuit, and are eligible to participate, you will be bound by any ruling, settlement, or judgment, whether favorable or unfavorable. You will also share in any proceeds from a settlement or judgment favorable to the Class. By joining this lawsuit, you designate the named Plaintiffs as your representatives, and to the fullest extent possible, you designate the named Plaintiffs to make decisions on your behalf concerning the case, the method and manner of conducting the case, the approval of settlements, and all other matters pertaining to this lawsuit. These decisions and agreements made and entered into will be binding on you if you join the lawsuit.
What if I do nothing?
If you choose not to join this lawsuit, you will not be eligible to participate in the federal portion of this lawsuit, and will not be eligible to receive any benefits in the event that a settlement of judgment is obtained.
What might I receive?
Participants may receive money for unpaid minimum wages, overtime, spread-of-hours pay, uniform maintenance pay, unlawful deductions, misappropriated tips, recordkeeping violations and additional amounts of liquidated damages, and interest on their unpaid wages.
Can T.G.I. Friday's retaliate against me for joining the lawsuit?
No. It is a violation of Federal law for the Defendant or any other employer to fire, discipline, or in any manner discriminate or retaliate against you for taking part in this case.
Who are the lawyers representing the Class Members?
The employment lawyers of Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP and Outten & Golden, LLP. Click here for information and background of the lawyers and law firms involved in this lawsuit.
What if I have more questions?
Please contact Plaintiff's counsel and click here for their contact information.