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Tuesday, April 29

Skycaps and waiters find a legal champion

oddjob sent this piece of good news along this morning.

Boston Globe: Days after a federal jury ordered American Airlines to pay a group of nine local skycaps more than $325,000 in lost tips, the plaintiffs and their legal team celebrated with a boisterous dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak House at Boston's Old City Hall.

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Since 2001, Liss-Riordan, a partner in a modest-size law firm in downtown Boston, has brought at least 40 lawsuits on behalf of waiters, bartenders, and other service workers in Massachusetts who say their employers cheated them out of tips.

She took an obscure 1952 state law that protects tip-dependent workers, who can legally be paid less than minimum wage, and has used it to reap millions of dollars in awards and settlements. Lawyers outside Massachusetts have adopted her strategy, including the lawyers who recently won a $100 million award for baristas at Starbucks cafes in California. continued
This is an issue that should see the light of day even if we don't work in a tip industry. Why? because when I leave a generous tip, I want the money to go to those who served my party, not the mgmt. If I wanted to tip the management, I would.

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