The affected employees worked at the following restaurants:

  • Olive Garden
  • Red Lobster
  • Longhorn Steakhouse
  • Bahama Breeze
  • Seasons 52

Specifically, the suit alleged that Darden required tipped employees to perform work while off-the-clock.  For example, many Plaintiffs claim that they were required to report to work and begin work at the start of their scheduled shifts, but were not allowed to clock into Darden’s time card system until their first customers arrived or placed an order.  Similarly, many Plaintiffs asserted that they were required to punch out of Darden’s time card system and continue working until their assigned tasks, such as closing side work, were finished. As a result, Plaintiffs alleged that Darden did not pay them significant amounts of wages to which they are entitled.