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Former waitress accuses Hickory Tavern of failing to pay servers correct wages

Charlotte waitress goes to feds over Hickory Tavern pay practices

Vanessa Chavez, a 27-year-old former server at Hickory Tavern, alleges the company intentionally underpaid her and other workers in violation of federal law. She has filed a lawsuit.
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Vanessa Chavez, a 27-year-old former server at Hickory Tavern, alleges the company intentionally underpaid her and other workers in violation of federal law. She has filed a lawsuit.

A former waitress at Hickory Tavern is suing the Charlotte-based restaurant, which has a location on Hilton Head Island, to reclaim wages that she says employees were cheated out of while performing side work for the company, according to a story in The Charlotte Observer.

Vanessa Chavez, a 27-year-old experienced server, worked at a Hickory Tavern in Winston-Salem and noticed she was not paid minimum wage — $7.25 per hour — after providing non-tipped work such as rolling silverware, cleaning and stocking. According to the Labor Department, restaurants can pay servers $2.13 an hour if earning tips is available but must also provide minimum wage if more than 20 percent of their time worked is dedicated to non-tipped tasks.

The suit is a collective action, so other current and former employees of Hickory Tavern can join it.

The Hickory Tavern on Hilton Head opened in March, replacing a Fuddruckers on Shelter Cove Lane. A Hickory Tavern marketing officer described the chain as a “neighborhood restaurant with sports passion,” with a diverse menu and more than 100 beers offered.

To read more about the lawsuit, click here.

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