Former Pinstripes Server Represented by Nichols Kaster Files Action to Recover Gratuities

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Plaintiff Jamal Huff files an action under Minnesota law to recover gratuities for himself and other servers and bartenders at Pinstripes in Edina, Minnesota.

Minnesota does not allow employers to retain any portion of their employees’ gratuities.... We intend to recover for the servers and bartenders any gratuities that Pinstripes may have improperly retained or diverted.

On December 22, 2011, Plaintiff Jamal Huff filed a lawsuit against Pinstripes, Inc., on behalf of himself and proposed Minnesota Rule 23 Class of current and former bartenders and servers. Plaintiff Huff worked as a server and bartender at Pinstripes, a restaurant and event venue located in Edina, Minnesota. The Complaint alleges that Pinstripes unlawfully required servers to contribute to a tip pool that operated for the benefit of Pinstripes and that was, in part, distributed to indirect service employees in violation of the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act. The lawsuit also alleges that Pinstripes unlawfully retained a portion of the extra 20% customers paid for event and banquet services even though that 20% was a gratuity that should have been paid to the servers and bartenders.

Plaintiff’s attorney Steven Andrew Smith stated, “Minnesota does not allow employers to retain any portion of their employees’ gratuities or decide how and whether their employees are to share gratuities. We intend to recover for the servers and bartenders any gratuities that Pinstripes may have improperly retained or diverted.”

The Plaintiff is represented by Steven Andrew Smith and Anna P. Prakash from Nichols Kaster, PLLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The case is filed in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota before the Honorable Susan Richard Nelson. This case is Huff v. Pinstripes, Inc., Case No. 11-3681 (D. Minn.).

Individuals may find additional information at http://www.nka.com or by calling Nichols Kaster, PLLP toll free at (877) 448-0492.

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