The Plaza Restaurant

Case Information

On March 9, 2020, we filed a collective action lawsuit on behalf of a group of current and former servers who work for The Plaza restaurants. The lawsuit alleges that The Plaza Restaurants (1) did not allow its servers to retain all of their tips and improperly allocating the tip pool monies; (2) required servers to pay for expenses such as wrong-ordered food, uniforms, ink pens, aprons, and check presenters; and (3) paid servers $2.13 per hour to perform non-tipped duties. In addition, the lawsuit seeks to include all of The Plaza’s current and former servers who sign a consent to join the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges as a result of The Plaza’s illegal conduct, The Plaza is prevented from paying its servers the sub-minimum “server wage.” If successful in proving these violations, The Plaza must pay each server who signs a consent to join the lawsuit the following damages: $5.12 per hour for each hour worked in the past three years, plus all misappropriated tips, plus “double damages.” Finally, if successful on these claims, the lawsuit asks the Court to award an amount of attorney’s fees and costs for Herrmann Law’s representation of the servers in this matter.

Status Updates

June 29, 2020 – Motion for Conditional Class Certification Filed

On June 29, 2020, we filed a Motion for Conditional Class Certification. In the motion, we ask the Court to certify a class of all current and former servers who work or worked for any of The Plaza restaurants located in Texas. In connection with seeking conditional class certification, Plaintiffs’ counsel seeks the Court’s authorization to send notice of this lawsuit to all of The Plaza’s current and former servers and to set a deadline for them to join the lawsuit.


March 9, 2020 – Complaint filed

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