Former Hooters waitresses file class action over pay

By Legal News Line | Jan 13, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Legal Newsline) - Two former Alabama Hooters servers filed a class action lawsuit against the owner of their restaurant on Jan. 6 over allegations that the business violated the Fair Labor Standard Act.

Brooke Pearman and Jodi Lee filed the suit against Hooters of Trussville, LLC.

According to the complaint, Pearman and Lee were employed by Hooters of Trussville in Alabama as servers between 2009 and 2014. They alleged Hooters failed to pay them wages earned, along with unpaid compensation and overtime.

Pearman and Lee also alleged Hooters of Trussville required the servers to perform non-server duties such as washing windows, cleaning sections, wiping down areas, making tea and filling condiment containers.

Hooters of Trussville allegedly compensated the servers the wage of a tipped employee at $2.13 per hour despite their performing non-server duties. Pearman and Lee also alleged Hooters of Trussville required servers to contribute a part of their tips to staff personnel who do not directly service customers.

Pearman and Lee seek unpaid compensation and benefits, along with attorney's fees and costs.

Pearman and Lee are represented by Daniel E. Arciniegas, of Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Fisher & Goldfarb, LLC in Birmingham, Ala.

United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama case number: 2-14.cv-0015

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