Minneapolis, MN – Robert R. Hopper & Associates has filed a class-action lawsuit against Kona Grill, a national and international restaurant chain employing 4,100 people at 45 locations in 23 states. The lawsuit, captioned Mitchell Boots v. Kona Sushi, Inc. d/b/a Kona Grill, alleges that Kona Grill and its managers coerced direct service employees into participating in an illegal tip-pooling arrangement in which tip money is shared with employees who do not work directly with customers. Employer mandated tip-pooling is prohibited by state statute under Minnesota labor law because it results in the unlawful conversion, or taking, of tip money which is considered the sole property of the servers and bartenders.
The complaint seeks certification from the court for class action status a state class. The state class is defined as:
All former and current server and bartender employees of Kona Sushi, Inc. d/b/a Kona Grill working at its Minnesota restaurant locations who were employed for the time period of three years from the date the suit was filed to the date of final adjudication of the case.
If you are currently employed or have been employed by Kona Sushi, Inc. since July 27, 2014, you may be entitled to monetary compensation as a remedy. Please call Robert R. Hopper & Associates at (612) 455-2199 to discuss your options.