Outback Steakhouse Faces Federal Wage-And-Hour
Lawsuit Alleging Failure To Pay Employees

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FEDERAL COURT GRANTS CONDITIONAL CERTIFICATION IN OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE WAGE & HOUR SUIT

On October 27, 2014, after hundreds of employees joined in a federal Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuit against Outback Steakhouse, the United States District Court for the District of Nevada conditionally certified a nationwide class of more than 100,000 hourly Outback Steakhouse employees of Bloomin' Brands, Inc. in a case originally filed in October of 2013. The district court ordered that notice of the action be sent to all hourly Outback Steakhouse employees of the company, and that all such workers be given the opportunity to join the lawsuit.

The Plaintiffs in the action allege that Bloomin' Brands, the parent company and owners of more than 600 Outback Steakhouse restaurants, requires off-the-clock work by hourly employees resulting in state and federal minimum wage and overtime violations. The complaint contends that Outback Steakhouse employees are forced to perform unpaid labor before and after their scheduled shifts, are made to undergo unpaid training sessions, and are not paid for mandatory meetings or time worked at promotional events benefitting the company.

"The decision of the court reflects the broad scope of these alleged labor law violations, and establishes an initial finding that hourly workers at the hundreds of corporate-owned Outback Steakhouses across dozens of states are situated similarly to the Plaintiffs who filed the original complaint," said Don Springmeyer of Wolf Rifkin Shapiro Schulman & Rabkin, lead attorney on the case. "We already have seen a strong response to the suit from Outback workers across the country, and now expect greater participation once all hourly employees receive formal notice of these claims over the next several months."

Named Plaintiffs in the suit come from nine different states, and at present 239 current and former employees from 27 different states have opted into the lawsuit, even prior to initiation of the notification process.

The case is entitled Cardoza et al. v. Bloomin' Brands, Inc. et al., D. Nev., Case No. 13-1820.

To learn more about the lawsuit and whether you may be eligible to join, contact a WRSS&R attorney at 1-866-738-5811.

Disclaimers: Putative class members and/or collective action members may contact counsel of their choice, are not required to opt-in to the existing lawsuit, and/or may pursue their own action independent of the present litigation. This website and the 866 telephone number are not affiliated with Outback or Bloomin' Brands.



PLAINTIFFS FILE AMENDED COMPLAINT AGAINST OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE, ADDING STATE-LAW CLASS ACTION CLAIMS

Alleging that Outback Steakhouse and its parent companies failed to pay hourly employees their lawfully earned wages, attorneys for the Plaintiffs in Cardoza et al. v. Bloomin' Brands, Inc. et al. filed an amended Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") complaint in the U.S. District Court, District of Nevada on December 24, 2013.

The amended action seeks to recapture pay, plus appropriate damages, for all Plaintiffs and the many thousands of similarly-situated current and former employees in the FLSA putative collective action and various state-law putative class actions as a result of Defendants' alleged failure to pay wages for alleged off-the-clock work required by Outback.

"This lawsuit seeks to vindicate the simple proposition that employees should be paid for their work," said Don Springmeyer, the Wolf Rifkin Shapiro Schulman & Rabkin attorney who filed the suit. "Plaintiffs allege that Outback Steakhouses run on the labor of tens of thousands of minimum-wage employees, and it is outrageous that, as alleged, a multi-billion-dollar corporation further squeezes those hard working people out of their lawfully-earned wages"

The amended lawsuit alleges that Outback failed to pay for all hours worked by its employees, failed to pay federal and state minimum wages, and failed to pay appropriate overtime wages for time worked above forty hours per week.

Named Plaintiffs are current and/or former Outback Steakhouse employees from around the country, including Nevada, New York, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Illinois. More than 125 current and former Outback employees already have filed their consents-to-sue in the Nevada federal court case.

Bloomin' Brands Inc., the parent company of Outback Steakhouse, had gross receipts of more than $3 billion dollars last year. Bloomin' CEO Elizabeth Smith was rewarded with a $20 million bonus in 2013, and according to company filings she maintains stock options worth another $50 million.

To learn more about the lawsuit and whether you may be eligible to join, contact a WRSS&R attorney at 1-866-738-5811.

Disclaimers: Putative class members and/or collective action members may contact counsel of their choice, are not required to opt-in to the existing lawsuit, and/or may pursue their own action independent of the present litigation. This website and the 866 telephone number are not affiliated with Outback or Bloomin' Brands.



OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE FACES FEDERAL WAGE-AND-HOUR LAWSUIT ALLEGING FAILURE TO PAY EMPLOYEES

On October 4 - Lawyers in the Las Vegas office of Wolf Rifkin Shapiro Schulman & Rabkin LLP, have filed a class action suit in Nevada federal district court against Outback Steakhouse and its parent company under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

The suit alleges that Outback failed to pay for all hours worked by its employees, failed to pay federal and state minimum wages, and failed to pay appropriate overtime wages for time worked above forty hours per week.

Bloomin' Brands, Inc. owns and operates Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Roy's Restaurant, and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, and employs nearly 100,000 hourly employees at more than 1,400 restaurants nationwide.

Outback has claimed in public marketing materials that, "We'll break the rules to do what it takes to make sure we deliver a dining experience that's just right each and every time."

In this instance, Plaintiffs allege Outback broke the wrong rules: Federal labor and employment laws designed to pay employees for their work.

"It's not easy at the moment for working people to find and keep a job, and these employees deserve their pay for the work they do," said Don Springmeyer, the Wolf Rifkin Shapiro attorney who filed the suit. "Federal law does not allow an employer to force unpaid work or to short workers on overtime pay, and this suit gives Outback employees a way to fight back against Outback's alleged unlawful labor practices."

The lawsuit seeks back pay and penalties on behalf of a nationwide putative class of Outback Steakhouse and Bloomin' Brands employees.

To learn more about the lawsuit and whether you are eligible to join, please contact a WRSS&R attorney at 1-866-738-5811.

Disclaimers: Putative class members and/or collective action members may contact counsel of their choice, are not required to opt-in to the existing action, and/or may pursue their own action independent of the present litigation. This website and the 866 telephone number are not affiliated with Outback or Bloomin' Brands.


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