Traditions Restaurant and Catering

Case Information

This is a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) case involving servers working at Traditions Restaurant and Catering in Tyler, Texas. The lawsuit claims Traditions violated federal law by: (1) failing to distribute to its servers the entire amount of the tips earned; (2) requiring its servers to share tips with employees who may not lawfully participate in a tip pool – including employees working in the kitchen; (3) making illegal deductions from the wages of minimum wage employees for items such as uniforms and meals; (4) failing to inform servers of the FLSA’s Section 203(m) tip-credit provisions; and (5) not paying the correct overtime rate to its servers.

The lawsuit alleges that these violations prevent Traditions from paying its servers at the subminimum “server wage” for each of the affected servers 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 requests repayment of all tips. The lawsuit also seeks double the amounts owed as “liquidated damages.”  Finally, the lawsuit seeks repayment of the servers’ attorneys’ fees.

Status Updates

September 24, 3018 – Motion for Conditional Class Certification Filed

On September 23, 2018, we filed a Motion for Conditional Class Certification. In the motion, we asked the court to certify a class of servers who worked at Traditions. 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.


August 20, 2018 – Complaint filed

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