Wolf Rifkin Shapiro Schulman & Rabkin Files Amended Complaint Against Outback Steakhouse, Adding State-Law Class Action Claims

Jan 02, 2014, 13:51 ET from WRSS&R

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Alleging that Outback Steakhouse and its parent companies failed to pay hourly employees their lawfully earned wages, attorneys for the Plaintiffs in Cardoza et al. v. Bloomin' Brands et al. filed an amended Fair Labor Standards Act complaint in the U.S. District Court, District of Nevada on December 24, 2013.

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The amended action seeks to recapture pay, plus appropriate damages, for all Plaintiffs and the many thousands of similarly situated employees in the FLSA collective action and various state-law class actions as a result of Defendants' failure to pay wages for off-the-clock work required by Outback.

"This lawsuit seeks to vindicate the simple proposition that employees should be paid for their work," said Don Springmeyer, the Wolf Rifkin Shapiro Schulman & Rabkin attorney who filed the suit. "Outback Steakhouses run on the labor of tens of thousands of minimum-wage employees, and it is outrageous that a multi-billion-dollar corporation further squeezes those hard working people out of their lawfully-earned wages."

The suit claims that Outback failed to pay for all hours worked by its employees, failed to pay federal and state minimum wages, and failed to pay appropriate overtime wages for time worked above forty hours per week.

Named Plaintiffs are current and/or former Outback Steakhouse employees from around the country, including Nevada, New York, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Illinois. More than 125 current and former Outback employees already have filed their consents-to-sue in the Nevada federal court case.

Bloomin' Brands Inc., the parent company of Outback Steakhouse, had gross receipts of more than $3 billion dollars last year. Bloomin' CEO Elizabeth Smith was rewarded with a $20 million bonus in 2013, and according to company filings she maintains stock options worth another $50 million.

For more information on the case or for media inquiries, please visit www.outbacklawsuit.com. For wage and hour complaints by employees against Outback Steakhouse, call 1-866-738-5811. 

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