The Ridge Great Steaks & Seafood
On May 24, 2019, we filed a lawsuit in Georgia against The Ridge Great Steaks & Seafood on behalf of a group of former servers. The lawsuit seeks to represent other servers employed by The Ridge in Cumming, Georgia who opt-in and affirmatively join the lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges that The Ridge conducted an illegal tip pool, distinctly noting that not all tips were rightfully distributed as a portion of the tips were kept by The Ridge.
The lawsuit further alleges, that as a result of The Ridge’s illegal conduct, The Ridge is prevented from paying it servers using the “tipped minimum wage” and must pay each server who joins the lawsuit the full minimum wage for each hour worked in the past three (3) years. [The Ridge must pay each server who opts-in to the lawsuit $5.10 for each hour worked, which is the difference between the tipped minimum wage ($2.15) and the full minimum wage ($7.25).]
The lawsuit asks the Court to allow the action to proceed collectively on behalf of all current and former servers employed by The Ridge who affirmatively opt-in to join the suit.
The lawsuit seeks recovery of the servers’ unpaid wages at the rate of $5.10 per hour for each hour worked at The Ridge in the past three (3) years plus double this amount as “liquidated damages.” The lawsuit also seeks recovery of the servers’ tips that The Ridge illegally retained. Finally, The Ridge lawsuit seeks recovery of the servers’ attorneys’ fees and costs.
June 20, 2019 – Answer filed
The Ridge filed an Answer, stating its intention to defend the claims asserted in this lawsuit.
May 24, 2019 – Complaint filed