Ocean City Today

Multiple resort restaurants pay out large wage lawsuits

Varied cases levied charges over improper pay, tipping, overtime, plus class action
Dec 28, 2017

(Dec. 29, 2017) Resort restaurants continued to face lawsuits by employees related to pay practices in 2017.

In April, U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett conditionally certified a class action suit against the owners of Fat Daddy’s alleging unpaid overtime. In June, a lawsuit was filed against Hooper’s Crab House, alleging wage, tip and overtime violations, and is seeking class certification to expand the list of potential plaintiffs.

In October, Judge Bennett approved a joint motion for settlement between the former employees of Fat Daddies and the restaurant, bringing the case to a close by awarding more than $214,000 to the plaintiffs.

Mickey Finns and Sunset Grill in West Ocean City were sued in October by former employees, and a new suit was filed against Harpoon Hanna’s in Fenwick Island.

In addition, three earlier cases against Ocean City businesses were settled.

The Tokyo Seafood Buffet on 131st Street settled a case with a single plaintiff in May for about $11,000 after being accused of failure to pay overtime

Also in May, the Sea Scape Motel on 16th Street settled a case for nearly $17,000 between three employees who cited a lack of paid overtime in their lawsuit.

In late August, the Sahara Café at the corner of 19th Street and Baltimore Avenue, settled a case between two former cooks and the restaurant for more than $42,000.

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