The Law of Wrongful Discharge

Grand Rapids Restaurant Sued in Federal Court over Unfair Wage Practices

Posted by Robert Howard | Feb 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

Grand Rapids Restaurant Sued over Unfair Wage Practices

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A federal lawsuit has been filed against a popular Grand Rapids restaurant.

The Grand Woods Lounge is being sued by a waitress who claims she wasn't paid for working overtime. Attorneys Brad Glazier and Rob Howard filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court.

"When employees are having their wages stolen, which is essentially what's happening here, it can cause a tremendous financial hardship," said Glazier.

The lawsuit claims the employee was responsible for cleaning the restaurant even after she was clocked out.

"It looks like she probably has about 2,000 hours where she was either not paid or underpaid, so it's not an insignificant sum," said Glazier.

And it also claims the waitstaff were required to share tips with managers and kitchen staff.

"Folks that aren't involved in actual customer service are not supposed to participate in that tip pool," said Glazier.

And the issue may involve others. Glazier says up to 100 current and former employees could join the lawsuit which may seek more than $100,000 in damages. 

About the Author

Robert Howard

Rob Howard joined Bos & Glazier after serving as a law clerk for the firm during his studies at Western Michigan University's Cooley Law School, where he graduated cum laude.  Rob also attended Wayne State University Law School before transferring to Cooley.  While at Cooley, Rob earned multiple "book awards" for achieving the highest score in some of his law school classes. Before attending law school, Rob served as a police officer for the City of Grand Rapids where he was active with the union for the GRPD. A Grand Valley University alum, Rob earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. Rob is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Grand Rapids Bar Association.

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