Upscale eatery to pay workers $2.5M in tips suit

January 31, 2009 6:25:57 PM PST
An international upscale restaurant group partly owned by actor Robert De Niro has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a lawsuit over the way it handled worker tips. The New York Post reports that the plaintiffs in a class action suit against the Nobu eateries filed a motion Friday to request final approval of the settlement.

The suit accuses managers and sushi chefs of illegally taking a share of tips given to the wait staff. Waiters also complained about being shortchanged on overtime.

Nobu has denied any wrongdoing.

Court papers say some 200 employees have signed off on the settlement, which would give them about $3,300 each.

Nobu has 11 restaurants in the U.S. and eight abroad.

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