On December 8, 2017, a class of 8,671 servers asked a federal court to accept its proposed $4 million settlement offer with their employer, the Ohio-based Bravo Brio Restaurant Group. The company operates Bravo Cucina Italiana, Bravo Tuscan Grille, and Bon Vie Bistro restaurants in 32 U.S. states.
Filed in 2016, the servers’ lawsuit alleges that Bravo Brio violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by failing to properly pay them minimum wage and overtime. Additionally, the servers allege that the restaurant group required them to spend more than 20% of their workday completing non-tipped activities.
If approved, the settlement would create a $4 million payout fund for distribution between the class members. The named plaintiff, Mamdooh Husein, would stand to receive $17,500 in exchange for release of his claims against Bravo Brio. The servers’ motion for settlement approval currently faces no objections.
The case is titled Husein v. Bravo Brio Restaurant Group Inc., No. 4:16-cv-00435 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
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