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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 grew up in Port Huron and moved to West Michigan when he began working as a police officer in 1996. After almost 13 years on patrol, Rob returned to school, completing his undergrad at GVSU and his law degree at WMU's Cooley Law School in Grand Rapids. Rob specializes in employment law, handling claims under the FMLA, wage and hour claims, non-compete litigation, discrimination claims, Whistleblower claims, and sexual harassment cases. His personal injury experience ranges from dog bites to car crash injuries. After many years with Bos & Glazier, Rob moved to Cunningham Dalman in 2023 when the firms merged.


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