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Lawsuit: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que chain doesn’t pay fair wages to tipped workers

March 30, 2015 Associated Press
Dinosaur BBQ's restaurant on Union Street in Gowanus. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
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SYRACUSE— A lawsuit filed against the popular Dinosaur Bar-B-Que restaurant chain claims the Syracuse-based business doesn’t pay tipped workers fair wages.

According to a report in The Post-Standard of Syracuse, the lawsuit filed in federal court last week by the New York City law firm Fitapelli and Schaffer says the company failed to properly use the “tipped credit” provision in federal law. That law requires employers to make up the difference between tips and pay to meet minimum wage standard.

The lawsuit also says the restaurant chain required employees to spend more than 20 percent of their work day doing “side work,” which the employee wouldn’t get tipped for.

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Dinosaur operates eight restaurants: Six restaurants in New York state, one in New Jersey and one in Connecticut.

A statement issued Monday by company founder John Stage said he’s aware of the allegations but isn’t commenting on them.

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