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MSP Airport Restaurant Servers and Bartenders Represented by Nichols Kaster, PLLP Seek Compensation for Unpaid Breaks

On March 19, 2015, a former employee of HMSHost Corporation and Host International, Inc. (collectively, “Defendants”) filed a lawsuit in the District of Minnesota seeking unpaid wages.  She brought the case on behalf of all servers and bartenders employed in the past three years in restaurants at the Minneapolis-St. Paul and Hubert Humphrey airports.  The complaint alleges that Defendants failed to pay servers and bartenders the required minimum wage, overtime, and/or straight time pay for all of their hours worked.  Specifically, the complaint alleges that Defendants regularly required these employees to work through their meal breaks and did not pay them for them.

HMSHost Corporation, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, including Defendant Host International, Inc., is a manager of dining venues, with more than 300 international, regional, and proprietary brands in its restaurant portfolio.  It creates dining for travel venues, operating in 113 airports around the world, including Minneapolis Saint Paul International and Hubert H. Humphrey Terminals in Minnesota.

Plaintiffs’ attorney Michele Fisher stated, “deducting thirty minutes for breaks an employer prohibits its employees from taking is a violation of state and federal law.  Our clients are seeking pay for this time, plus double that amount as liquidated damages.”

Plaintiffs are represented by Michele R. Fisher and Ashley R. Thronson from Nichols Kaster, PLLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  This firm represents employees and consumers across the country in individual and class action matters.

The case is entitled, Burnip et al. v. HMSHost Corporation and Host International, Inc., Case No.: 15-cv-01543 (District of Minnesota).

Additional information about how to make a claim in the case may be found at www.nka.com or by calling Nichols Kaster, PLLP toll free at (877) 448-0492 ext. 299.