Server and Bartender Represented by Nichols Kaster, PLLP, Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Punch Bowl Social Alleging Minnesota Tip-Pooling Violations

Last week, a server and bartender filed a class action lawsuit against Punch Bowl Minneapolis, LLC, alleging violations of the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act (MFLSA).  The employees allege that Punch Bowl unlawfully required its servers and bartenders to contribute a portion of their tips to a tip pool that was, in part, distributed to other employees in violation of the MFLSA. 

The Complaint alleges that as a result of its tip-pooling requirements, Punch Bowl denied servers and bartenders the full amount of the gratuities they were entitled to under state law.  The plaintiffs brought their case as a class action and seek to include all individuals employed as servers and bartenders for Punch Bowl in Minnesota during the last three years. 

Plaintiffs are represented by Reena I. Desai and Jay E. Eidsness from Nichols Kaster, PLLP.  The case is entitled, Owen and Belgarde v. Punch Bowl Minneapolis, LLC, 27-CV-19-4740 (Fourth Judicial District of Minnesota).

Additional information about the case may be found at or by calling Nichols Kaster, PLLP at (877) 344-4628.