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Darden Tipped Wages Lead to Harassment, Pay Gaps, Suit Says (1)

April 15, 2021, 3:52 PM; Updated: April 15, 2021, 6:54 PM

Darden Restaurants Inc.'s practice of paying workers a tipped minimum wage encourages illegal workplace sexual harassment and results in wage gaps for employees of color, a worker advocacy group claims in a lawsuit against the operator of eateries including The Capital Grille, Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse.

Workplaces where employees receive tips are legally permitted to pay a tipped minimum wage below the regular federal minimum wage of $7.25, on the condition that the worker’s wage plus tips reach that federal minimum. The employer must make up the difference if tips don’t meet that amount.

But the advocacy group One...

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