Ohio bartenders and servers who worked for 533 Short North LLC, which operates Park Street Patio has agreed to settle a federal wage and hour lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Columbus inn June 2010, alleging that minimum wage employees were forced to share tips with managers. In the settlement, 533 Short North LLC agreed to pay former and current employees of Park Street Patio and three other bars $150,000 in back wages.
To receive settlement monies, employees must have participated in pooling tips with a “head bartender” or worked over 40 hours per week at some time during May 8, 2010 and December 31, 2010. The Columbus Dispatch reports that over 100 bartenders and servers work for Park Street Patio and the other bars run by 533 Short North LLC.
The federal lawsuit was never certified as a class action, however, 16 employees joined lead plaintiff Victoria Zwerin in the suit. The settlement money will be divided amongst the plaintiffs according to the number of hours worked and wages paid. According to former Park Street Patio manager, Grant Dziak, servers and bartenders routinely worked over 40 hours per week, but were never paid for those hours.