Not every collective or class-action case has to blow up into a multimillion-dollar nightmare. Instead, some judges are approving more modest settlements, if this case is any indication.
Recent case: When the Whiskey Creek Wood Fire Grill was sued for alleged wage-and-hour violations, the restaurant no doubt feared the worst.
Several servers claimed that they had to attend meetings for which their only pay was a food voucher. They complained about having to pay for their own uniform shirts. Plus, they said they had to contribute to a tip pool they claimed violated the law.
But after careful consideration, the court approved a tentative settlement that has the company paying just $80,000 to be distributed to eligible servers. Hey, it could have been a lot worse. (Fearn, et al., v. Blazin’ Beier Ranch, et al., No. 11-743, DC MN, 2012)