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New York Yankees Waiters Sue Over Alleged Unpaid Tips

Three current and former waiters who served fans in premium seats at Yankee Stadium allege their tips were withheld, according to a lawsuit, reports Reuters.

A wage law attorney may be your best bet when trying to deal with a company you feel isn’t treating you fairly or legally. And both businesses and employees may feel that an experienced employment attorney could assist in resolving work issues.
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The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, alleges waiters didn’t receive any money generated by service charges added to food served in premium seating at Yankee Stadium.

Orders placed from the high-end seats include an automatic 20 percent service charge, with additional gratuities left up to the customers, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit seeks class-action status. And while the lawsuit doesn’t seek a specific amount of damages, the amount in dispute is more than $5 million covering 150 employees, Reuters reported.

But the servers’ attorney told the news service the issue of a service charge was not addressed in the union contract. The Yankees moved into the new stadium in 2009 and charge between $100 and $325 for premium seats. A spokeswoman for the hospitality company told Reuters that all employees are paid in accordance with their union contract.

A spokeswoman for Legends Hospitality said the company had not been served with the suit but said all employees “are paid properly and in strict accordance with their union contract.”

The dispute between workers and their company illustrates the importance of hiring a Long Island business law attorney who can properly represent the interests of employees who aren’t being paid in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act as well as of employers who believe they are paying employees in agreement with a signed contract and/or the law.

This is a complex area of law that requires a knowledgeable attorney. Don’t fight it alone.

If you need to speak with a business law attorney in the Bronx, contact The Law Offices of Ira S. Newman at 516-487-7375 for a free consultation.