Scotch & Sirloin settles one lawsuit with former waitresses

WICHITA — Scotch & Sirloin’s parent company has settled part of its lawsuit with former and current waitresses at the restaurant.

In 2009, Former Scotch & Sirloin waitress Christina Nuss filed a discrimination lawsuit in federal court against Scotch Investment Corp.

Part of the suit said the Scotch has wage payment practices that are in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Nuss said money was illegally deducted from waitresses’ pay for cooks, dishwashers and advertising.

That portion of the lawsuit was certified as a collective action. Current or former waitresses (dating back to March 17, 2007) could opt into the wage claim.

That’s the part of the suit that’s been settled.

A gag order prevents either side from talking. According to court documents, though, 20 waitresses are included in the settlement, and they are to receive twice the amount of tips they contended were wrongfully withheld along with attorney fees.

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A third former Scotch & Sirloin waitress sues for discrimination

WICHITA — Another former Scotch & Sirloin waitress has filed a federal lawsuit against the restaurant alleging discrimination due to a pregnancy.

Tricia Molina worked at the restaurant from January 2009 to October 2009.

The lawsuit says business was slow at that time, and Molina made plans to return during the busier holiday season.

She claims that when she called to confirm her return date, she was told that because she was pregnant, she couldn’t return until after she gave birth.

As Have You Heard? reported in December, former Scotch waitress Erica Pizzola filed a federal suit claiming she was fired after Scotch general manager Sonny Glennon learned she was pregnant.

That case has been settled.

Former waitress Christina Nuss also filed a lawsuit claiming “illegal practices of terminating pregnant waitresses and promoting an atmosphere which tolerates the sexual harassment of female employees.”

Part of Nuss’ lawsuit says the Scotch has wage payment practices that are in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. She says money has been illegally deducted from waitresses’ pay for cooks and advertising.

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