LOS ANGELES, CA –Handley Farah & Anderson and Bet Tzedek filed a lawsuit on behalf of current and former employees of Caffe Roma, a popular bar and restaurant in Beverly Hills frequented by Hollywood elites, alleging that for years Caffe Roma and its owners have wrongly withheld tips owed to the workers and failed to provide meal and rest breaks required under California law.
This case highlights an injustice faced by restaurant workers across the country. With over 14 million employees nationwide, the restaurant industry is one of the largest and fastest-growing private sector employers in the nation. Unfortunately, despite the growth and profitability of the industry, restaurant jobs provide largely low wages. Theft by employers of even these low wages is all too common.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are members of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) United, whose mission is to improve wages and working conditions for the nation’s restaurant workforce. With a membership of over 25,000 people who work in restaurants, over 300 high-road employers and thousands of engaged consumers united for raising restaurant industry standards, ROC has campaigned for and won millions of dollars for workers whose tips and wages have been misappropriated by their employers.
If you have any questions concerning this case or would like to share your experience working for Caffe Roma, please contact Sebastian Sanchez at 323-648-4708 or [email protected], or Matthew Handley, at 202-559-2411 or [email protected]. A copy of the complaint can be found HERE.