Fun Eats and Drinks, LLC dba Champps
This is a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) case involving servers and bartenders working at Champps’ Irving, Texas location. The lawsuit claims Champps improperly required its servers to (1) share tips with other employees who may not participate in a tip pool; (3) pay for walked tabs, (4) pay for cash shortages, and (5) purchase a uniform for work at Champps.
The lawsuit alleges that these violations prevent Champps from paying its servers and bartenders the subminimum “server wage” for each of the affected servers and bartenders and therefore seeks payment of the full minimum wage at $7.25 per hour for all hours worked in weeks when these violations occurred and seeks double this amount in “liquidated damages.” The lawsuit also requests repayment of all tips that were improperly retained. Finally, the lawsuit seeks repayment of the servers’ and bartenders’ attorneys’ fees.
August 17, 2018 – Notice Delivered to Class Members
On August 17, 2018, Plaintiffs’ counsel sent out the Court-approved Notice and Consent Form. Those who wish to join the suit must fill out the Consent Form by October 16, 2018. See more information at www.champpslawsuit.com
August 3, 2018 – Court Certifies Class
On August 3, 3018, the Court conditionally certified a class of current and former servers and bartenders who worked for Champps in Irving, Texas at any time after April 27, 2015. The Court authorized Plaintiffs’ counsel to send all class members a court-approved notice regarding the lawsuit and a consent to join the lawsuit through mail, e-mail, and text message.
August 3, 3018 – Unopposed Motion for Conditional Class Certification Filed
On August 3, 2018, we filed a Motion for Conditional Class Certification, which Champps did not oppose. In the motion, we asked the court to certify a class of servers and bartenders who worked at Champps’ Irving, Texas location. Plaintiffs also requested that the Court authorize Plaintiffs’ counsel to notify all potential class members of this lawsuit and of their ability to join the lawsuit.
April 27, 2018 – Complaint filed