Settlement Reached In Rally’s & Checkers Restaurant Class Action
On February 28, 2014, Minnillo & Jenkins filed papers seeking preliminary approval of a settlement of wage and hour claims brought on behalf of crew members and shift managers employed by Rally’s and Checkers restaurants. The case was filed in federal court in the Southern District of Ohio in 2012 and alleges that managers at Rally’s and Checkers restaurants in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Arkansas denied workers overtime and minimum wages by changing time records, working employees off the clock and putting them on extended off-the-clock breaks during which they were not allowed to leave the premises. If approved, nearly 500 current and former workers will split a settlement fund of $500,000.00 according to a formula based on the job title and total weeks worked during the settlement period. Individual awards are expected to average between approximately $900 and $2,000. The proposed still settlement requires court approval, and attorney fees will be awarded by the court and paid separately if the settlement is approved. Minnillo & Jenkins is proud to have initiated and successfully prosecuted this case in a way that will bring meaningful relief to hundreds of workers and send a message to the industry about the cost of exploiting low wage workers.