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Yankee Stadium restaurant workers file class-action suit for unpaid wages

At Yankee Stadium, a 20 percent service charge is added to menu prices for each item. Whether that's an ice cold beer, a snow cone, or a good old fashioned hot dog, every items purchased is marked up with a 20 percent service charge.

USA Today reports that waiters at Yankee Stadium recently filed a suit in Manhattan Federal Court seeking payment for thousands of dollars in unpaid tips. The suit specifically seeks unpaid wages and other damages, though it does not specify a specific dollar amount. Plaintiffs to the suit claim that food service workers didn't receive any of the 20 percent service charges. Three plaintiffs were listed on the suit.

The company being sued, Volume Service America, was in charge of food services operations at the old Yankee Stadium and Legends Hospitality, which operates food services in the New Yankee Stadium. Legends Hospitality is partially owned by the Yankees.

Attorney for the plaintiffs estimated that at least 100 workers could each collect as much as $20,000 per season worked if they join the class-action case. That same attorney also said, "I imagine the fans certainly wouldn't be happy if they knew the 20% was not going to the workers."

A spokesman for the Yankees insists all its employees are properly paid in strict accordance with their union contract.

Source: USA Today, "Are Yankees shorting waiters on their tips," Seth Livingstone, 9 May 2011.

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