Recently, Riggan Law Firm, LLC, a St. Louis employment law firm, filed a class and collective action wage lawsuit against St. Louis restaurants Il Bel Lago and Giovanni's on the Hill. The suit also brings claims against Frank and Carmelo Gabriele, who allegedly own/operate the restaurants.
The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of a class of tipped employees, such as servers, alleges that the restaurants violated the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") and Missouri Minimum Wage Law ("MMWL") by misappropriating wages from employees by implementing and enforcing an unlawful tip pooling policy. Specifically, the suit alleges that tipped employees were required to share tips with improper tip pool participants, such as managers.
If you believe your rights to fair wages have been violated, or if you have questions about the legality of the wages practices of your current or former employer, you should contact a St. Louis employment lawyer.