Unpaid Wages Lawsuit
Servers are suing Wood-n-Tap for minimum wage violations.
HAVE YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW WORKED AS A SERVER OR BARTENDER AT WOOD-N-TAP 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 Wood-n-Tap 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.
Q1. Who are the Defendants?
HRG Management, LLC. is a Connecticut-based corporation that owns 9 Wood-n-Tap restaurants across Connecticut.
Michael Hamlin and Phillip Barnett own HRG Management, and each Wood-n-Tap restaurant.
Q2. What is this case about?
Minimum Wage In this lawsuit we claim Wood-n-Tap violated Connecticut minimum wage laws by not paying servers minimum wage for their sidework, and by failing to obtain proper ‘tip statements’ from their servers each week.
Q3. What court is the case filed in?
State court. This case is filed in Connecticut state courts.
Q4. Should I fear retaliation?
No. It is illegal to retaliate against an employee who joins a lawsuit like this. If you experience retaliation, we will help you.
Q5. How do I join?
Contact us. You can contact our firm at 860-522-8888 to discuss how you can participate.
Q6. Where can I go to get answers to my questions?
Call us. You are always welcome to call us at Hayber Law Firm who will do their best to answer your questions. Our number is 860-522-8888.
Q7. Who are the lawyers representing?
Hayber, McKenna & Dinsmore, LLC. The servers who brought this lawsuit are being represented by the Hayber, McKenna & Dinsmore, LLC. We are lawyers with extensive experience handling his type of case.
Q8. How much can I expect to get?
It depends. We claim that servers should be paid twice the amount of the full minimum wage for all hours worked, minus what Wood-n-Tap has already paid them.
Q9. Will I have to pay any legal fees or costs?
No. We have agreed to work on this case on a “contingency” basis which means that our fee, and reimbursement for our costs, will come, if at all, out of any settlement. The court will closely supervise our fee petition and ensure that it is fair to the class.
10. What is the status of the case?
The following represents the status of the case as of the date indicated:
June 4th, 2020
|This is the lawsuit itself which includes the detailed allegations of wrongdoing.|
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.