Controversial Advocacy Group Takes Legal Aim at Darden

February 5, 2012 – In The News
Orlando Sentinel

Carolyn D. Richmond commented on the Restaurant Opportunities Centers' recent federal lawsuit against Orlando-based Darden Restaurants, which accused its upscale Capital Grille chain in three cities of discrimination and violating wage laws.

Such cases, particularly regarding tip-sharing and servers doing nontipped work, often have landed big restaurant companies in court. Laws are complicated, and "the tipping cases right now are very difficult," said Carolyn Richmond, who has given legal advice to restaurants fighting ROC suits.

"I imagine there's a number of ways [Darden] can go about fighting this, but there's a number of fronts, and ROC often fights dirty."

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