• Over 19,000 servers and bartenders have joined our lawsuit.
  • You may be owed back pay. Darden required tipped employees to do
    work for which those employees did not earn tips and were not paid minimum wage.
  • The class-action lawsuit provides Darden Restaurant Group’s current and former workers the
    opportunity to join together and seek back wages owed to them.
  • Participants in the class action lawsuit against Darden Restaurant Group may receive money for unpaid wages or overtime,
    liquidated damages, and interest on their unpaid wages.

Have you been the victim of unfair labor practices while working for a Darden Restaurant? Consider joining the class action lawsuit. 

Know Your Rights, You Have Options.

Many of the almost 168,000 restaurant workers at The Darden Restaurant Group, the world’s largest restaurant group, earn wages below the minimum wage — with tipped minimum wages as low at $2.13 an hour and non-tipped wages as low as $7.25 an hour. In addition, many workers are not compensated for time that they work off-the-clock or are not paid appropriate overtime wages. This lawsuit provides Darden’s current and former servers the opportunity to join together and seek back wages owed to them for the time spent doing general maintenance or preparatory duties that they performed for less than minimum wage. Learn More>

 



Case Overview

Who is Darden?

The Darden Restaurant Group is the world’s largest full-service restaurant group — it has more than 1,900 restaurants and 168,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada.

Darden Restaurants Include

Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, and more.

The Problem

Plaintiffs allege that:

1. They were required by Darden to work off-the-clock without pay, both before and after their assigned shifts.

2. Darden directed them and other servers to perform work that would not generate tips, without paying proper wages for such work.

3. Darden failed to pay appropriate overtime wages.

The Class Action Suit

This lawsuit claims that Darden Restaurants Inc. and its related companies failed to pay proper wages or overtime pay to its tipped employees, such as servers, as required under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

How to Join

All current or former servers at an Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, or Seasons 52 restaurants employed at any time from August 2009 to the present can learn about the resources and legal options available to them and participate in this case. To participate in this case, we ask that you complete the  Notice and Consent forms.

What’s Happening at Darden Restaurants?

Plaintiffs allege that they were required by Darden to work off-the-clock, both before and after their assigned shifts.  Plaintiffs also claim that Darden directed them and other servers to perform work that would not generate tips such as general maintenance and preparatory duties without paying proper wages for such work, and that Darden failed to pay appropriate overtime wages.