Wage and Hour
A chef worked catered events for a restaurant chain. She brought suit against her employer for failing to pay wages at the overtime rate. The chef alleged that she regularly worked in excess of 40 hours per week due to her work at summer festivals. The restaurant alleged that it was not a covered enterprise according to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) nor was the chef individually covered. Sloppy record-keeping by the restaurant hindered full disclosure of the revenue generated by the summer festivals. The case could not be resolved by negotiations or summary judgment. The restaurant incurred $75,000 in legal fees and the case eventually settled for $55,000.