Lawsuit alleges Ypsilanti’s Sidetrack Bar paid employees unfairly, violated wage laws

A lawsuit filed against Ypsilanti’s Sidetrack Bar & Grill alleges that the eatery paid employees unfairly and violated wage laws.

Two former employees filed the suit against the Depot Town bar and owner Linda French.

Alana Hubbard worked at Sidetrack from April 2019 to November 2019, while Jacob Redmon worked there from June 2016 until August 2018 and from March 2019 through July 2020.

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Hubbard was a server and Redmon was a bartender. Both relied on tips, the lawsuit says, and they were paid below minimum wage by Sidetrack.

According to the suit, the tips were pooled and distributed to other employees, including employees who didn’t work for tips, such as dishwashers and hosts.

Sidetrack Bar & Grill (Photo: Wiki Commons)

Also, the lawsuit claims that tipped employees were required to spend more than 20% of their time working on tasks that weren’t tipped.

The tipped employees didn’t sign an acknowledgment stating how much they made in tips before receiving paychecks, the lawsuit said.

Additionally, the suit alleges that tipped employees had to pay for the meals of customers who walked out, as well as mis-rings and draw shortages.

The establishment also allegedly told managers to clock out employees who worked later than 2 a.m. earlier than that time. The suit claims the workers would sometimes work for two or more hours unpaid.

The lawsuit states that such actions violate the Fair Labor Standards Act and Michigan Minimum Wage Law.

The former employees are requesting back pay, including unpaid overtime and wages.

View the lawsuit below: