Outback Steakhouse Restaurant Unpaid Wages Investigation
Hayber, Mckenna & Dinsmore is investigating Outback Steakhouse for minimum wage violations related to servers
HAVE YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW WORKED AS A SERVER OR BARTENDER AT OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE IN CONNECTICUT PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2020?
Prior to September 24th, 2020, restaurants were required to pay their servers the full minimum wage, currently $12.00/hr. in Connecticut, for their entire shift if they made those servers do side-work and failed to pay the side-work at the full minimum wage. We allege that Outback Steakhouse assigned side-work but paid the lower server wage, $6.38/hr. for all hours worked, including side-work. We allege that this practice violates the law.
QI. What is this investigation about?
Minimum Wage. Restaurants must pay their servers the full minimum wage., currently $11.00/hr. in Connecticut, for their entire shift if they make those servers do side-work and fail to pay the side-work at the full minimum wage. We allege that Outback Steakhouse assigns sidework but pays the lower server wage, $6.38/hr. for all hours worked, including side-work. We allege that this practice violates the law.
In 2017, a Connecticut judge awarded a server $22,455.94 in back wages against a restaurant who had a similar practice.
QII. Where can I learn more about the law?
Click here. The Connecticut Department of Labor’s Gratuities in the Restaurant Industry webpage has more information about what constitutes “service” and “non-service” work (side-work).
QIII. What about servers in other states?
Our firm is also interested in learning more from servers outside of Connecticut. Some states, such as Illinois, have similar laws that we believe the company may be violating.
QIV. Where can I go if I have questions or information that might help the investigation?
Important: At the request of Governor Ned Lamont and former Democratic Speaker of the House Joe Arasimowicz, Connecticut changed these laws on 9/24/2020 in a way that permits employers to have servers do more side-work than before the change. There still are limitations on what an employer may do. Please let us know if you have questions about the law both before and after 9/24/2020.