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T.G.I. Friday's Lawsuit

A Class Action Case

T.G.I. Friday's Case Introduction

Case Introduction

A lawsuit has been filed against Carlson Restaurants Inc., the company that owns and/or operates T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants throughout the United States.  This website provides information about the lawsuit against T.G.I. Friday’s entitled, Flood v. Carlson Restaurants Inc., et al.  In this lawsuit, Plaintiffs allege that T.G.I. Friday’s failed to pay proper minimum wages, overtime pay, spread-of-hours pay, and uniform maintenance pay to servers, bussers, runners, bartenders, barbacks and other tipped workers as required under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law.  Additionally, this lawsuit seeks to recover damages for unlawful deductions from paychecks and failure to keep accurate records in violation of the New York Labor Law 

Through this lawsuit, current and former tipped employees who have worked at any of the T.G.I. Friday’s operated by Carlson Restaurants Inc. for the past 3 years (April 2011 to Present) have the opportunity to join together and seek unpaid wages owed to them. 

Plaintiffs believe that T.G.I. Friday’s did not pay them proper minimum wages, overtime pay, spread-of-hours pay, and uniform maintenance pay for all of the time that they worked each workweek.  T.G.I. Friday’s failed to inform Plaintiffs of the tipped minimum wage or tip credit provisions under the Fair Labor Standards Act or New York Labor Law. Plaintiffs’ allege that T.G.I. Friday’s violated the law because:

  1. Plaintiffs would receive weekly paychecks that did not properly record or compensate them for all of the hours that they worked, including overtime for the hours Plaintiffs worked over 40 in a workweek;
  2. Plaintiffs did not receive spread-of-hours pay for all of the times that they worked in excess of 10 hours in a day;
  3. Plaintiffs did not receive uniform maintenance pay to compensate them for washing and maintaining their uniform;
  4. Plaintiffs spent over 20% of their time at work performing non-tipped “side-work” and were never paid the full hourly minimum wage rate for this work. On a number of occasions, Plaintiffs performed this “side work” while off-the-clock and were never compensated properly for this time;
  5. Plaintiffs were required to share tips with silverware rollers and expeditors, positions not entitled to receive tips; and
  6. T.G.I. Friday’s frequently made unlawful deductions from their pay checks in violation of the New York Labor Law and failed to keep accurate records of wages.

Case Summary

Flood v. Carlson Restaurants Inc., et al., was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  To read the Class Action Complaint filed with the court please, click here.

Carlson Restaurants Inc. is a family-owned hospitality and travel company that operates some of the world’s most recognizable brands including Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson Red, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, T.G.I. Friday’s, and Carlson Wagonlit Travel.  Carlson operates 1,300 hotels in 100 countries and territories, 920 T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants in 60 countries and territories, and employs more than 175,000 people worldwide.