Waiters who worked as suite attendants at the US Open tennis tournaments are suing their catering-company employers for stiffing them on overtime and screwing them out of tips. For many employees, US Open shifts routinely start at 9 a.m. and run through the last set at night. Most were paid $17 hour to operate luxury suites for rich big shots in the blazing heat—but while the catering companies took a 21 percent "service charge" from their posh clientele, that never trickled down to the help, the lawsuit alleges.
[Disclosure: Yours truly spent one hellish August slaving for Restaurant Associates with no tips at the US Open, but after a quick phone call to attorneys, we were told it happened too long ago to cash in on this class action suit. But we look forward to objectively reporting on this lawsuit as it progresses!]