Judge Approves Deal to Settle Suit Over Wage Violations

June 19, 2008
The New York Times

© The New York Times, author Steven Greenhouse.

A federal judge on Wednesday provisionally approved the first part of proposed settlements totaling $3.9 million in two closely watched wage-violation lawsuits brought against one of Manhattan’s leading restaurant owners.


“The restaurant industry will certainly watch this settlement closely,” said Carolyn D. Richmond, a lawyer who represents many restaurants in litigation. “It will give people pause. They’re left in a conundrum of exactly who can share in the tips and who can’t,” she said, asserting that the State Legislature needs to provide a better definition of who is a manager.


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