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Suit names restaurant chain in Florida concerning employee rights

For people who enjoy eating at popular chain restaurants, their main concerns are typically how well their food is prepared and how they are treated by the staff. What they may not think about, however, is how the staff is treated by their employers. Restaurant employees must deal with a lot of physical work and interaction with customers, and if their employee rights are possibly being violated, their jobs can become much more difficult.

Some employees of the chain restaurant Outback Steakhouse are part of a class-action suit against the chain and its affiliated company Bloomin' Brands. The suit was filed in another state but also names Outback Steakhouse of Florida LLC as part of the litigation. Though two plaintiffs were named in the case, representatives state that the suit is for employees of the company who are in similar situations.

The claims against the company include wage-and-hour disputes as well as labor law violations concerning breaks. According to reports, employees were denied the ability to take breaks and were required to begin work earlier than their scheduled times, among other allegations. A representative for Bloomin' Brands made a statement revealing that the company denies the allegations.

Being denied breaks can have a significantly negative effect on employees, especially those who are constantly moving like restaurant staff. This situation serves as an example of workers who felt the need to take action in order to protect their employee rights. If their class-action suit is successful, many employees, including some in Florida, could be receiving compensation. Workers should remain aware of their rights, and if they feel those rights are being infringed upon, they may wish to learn more about relevant state laws that could help them determine whether they should take action.

Source: bizjournals.com, Bloomin' up against federal wage-and-hour lawsuit, Margaret Cashill, Oct. 8, 2013

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