Darden Restaurants, the parent company of the Red Lobster, Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse chains, has been with a class-action wage and hour lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act, claims that Darden has been breaking federal employment laws since at least August 2009 by underpaying around one thousand servers across the country and, as such, owes current and former employees tens of millions of dollars in back pay.
Earlier on this blog, we told Detroit readers about how two unpaid interns who had worked on the set of Natalie Portman's Oscar-winning film "The Black Swan" had sued Fox Searchlight, alleging that their internship program violated wage and hour laws.
If a Detroit worker performs eight hours of work, then he or she deserves to be paid for those eight hours. That's a basic presumption of employment law, and even of our society in general. It's so fair and reasonable that you would think no one could argue against it.
Many people in Michigan work in restaurants, so they know that tips can be a really important source of income for people who work in the hospitality industry. Restaurants typically do not pay servers very much because they know they are taking home gratuities.