19,000 current and former Darden servers and bartenders ultimately joined this action. In September 2014, the Court decertified the class, which means that the case could not continue as a collective action and each employee had to pursue his/her claim individually. The Court also ordered the named plaintiffs to pursue their claims through arbitration.
More than 3,500 servers and bartenders who had opted into the litigation have decided to continue pursuing their claims by filing individual mediation and/or arbitration demands before the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”). Those demands, and those of the named plaintiffs, remain pending before the AAA. If you are one of the more than 3,500 people that has filed an arbitration demand, please click on the arbitration portal for more information.
If you are a former opt-in plaintiff who is unsure if an individual demand has been filed on your behalf or are interested in having your case heard in an individual mediation and/or arbitration, please contact us immediately.