Defending the Rights of Hospitality Industry Workers
Under state and federal law, hospitality industry workers have certain rights and protections that require caterers, hotels, country clubs, restaurants and cruise lines to pay overtime, tips earned and gratuities. Unfortunately, too often employers believe they can ignore the law and take advantage of waitstaff who do the real work of serving patrons and making guests comfortable. Under the law, however, employers who violate tip, gratuity and overtime laws are financially liable for compensation they’ve withheld. Since the look-back period is six years, the amount of money involved can reach into the hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars. Employees who initiate an individual or class-action lawsuit stand to recover what is owed them and more, depending on the specifics of their case and the nature of their employer’s labor law violations.
Spicer v. Pier Sixty LLC, 269 F.R.D. 321 (S.D.N.Y. 2010)
Fighting for and Defending the Rights of Waiters, Bussers and Bartenders
Over the years, we’ve represented individuals and a number of employees in class-action lawsuits involving:
- Overtime Pay — Work More than 40 Hours a Week
- Tips — When Management or Your Boss Steals Your Tips
- Service Charges and Gratuities Not Paid to Work Staff
- Minimum Wage — You Must Be Paid at Least $7.25 an Hour
- You Must Be Paid during Job Training
- Restaurant Tips Must Still Pay Minimum Wage
Leveraging Your Rights as a Hospitality Industry Worker
At Leeds Brown Law, P.C. we recover our attorney’s fees from the settlements or awards we win for our clients. Referred to as a “contingency fee,” this means we don’t charge you for attorney’s fees — we only get paid if we win your case. If, for whatever reason, there is no award or settlement in your case, we don’t recover any attorney’s fees. As a result, you and any other workers in a situation similar to yours who want to bring a lawsuit against your employer don’t need to pay thousands of dollars upfront in attorney’s fees. This ensures a balance of power and doesn’t leave you to the mercy of your employer, who might mistakenly believe you don’t have the means to hire an experienced legal team to fight for you in court.
Are You Owed Tips or Overtime? Contact Leeds, Morelli & Brown
If your employer has withheld tips, gratuities or overtime pay owed you, contact New York employment law attorneys at Leeds Brown Law, P.C. today to schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss your case and learn how we can help you.
Located in New York City, as well as Nassau County, the attorneys at Leeds Brown Law, P.C. offer high quality legal services and representation to clients throughout the five boroughs of Manhattan, including Wall Street, Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island; and throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long island, including the Northshore, the Southshore, and cities such as Garden City, Carle Place, Hempstead, Mineola, Melville, Westbury, Hicksville, Levittown, Freeport, Massapequa, Valley Stream, Long Beach, Glen Cove, Syosset, Huntington, Bayside, Forest Hills, Manhasset, Whitestone, Commack, Brentwood and Riverhead, New York. Leeds Morelli & Brown also extends its practice throughout all the counties of Nassau and Suffolk County, which includes the East end of Long Island, as well as to The Hamptons.