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Workers sue TGI Fridays for wage violations

Pay practice violations are common in the restaurant industry, said Shannon Liss-Riordan, the lawyer representing the workers.
Pay practice violations are common in the restaurant industry, said Shannon Liss-Riordan, the lawyer representing the workers. Credit: Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff/File 2011

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Diners at TGI Fridays may be eating potato skins and bleu cheese burgers prepared by cooks who aren’t getting paid and served by waitstaff who don’t get their fair share of tips, local restaurant workers allege in a class-action lawsuit filed this week in Worcester Superior Court.

Waiters and waitresses at Fridays were forced to give a portion of their tips to host staff, according to the suit. Waitstaff make only a few dollars an hour and rely on tips for most of their earnings.

Fridays employees who put in more than 40 hours in a week were also made to work additional hours off the clock, the suit alleged, meaning they are working for free when they should be making time- and-a-half.

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