Wage-and-hour suits put industry on defensive

Wage-and-hour suits put industry on defensive

The restaurant industry already is infamous for long hours, relatively low pay and physically demanding work. But now a barrage of lawsuits, judges’ decisions and heightened regulatory initiatives are suggesting that in some places restaurant work is unfair and exploitative, too.

The number of lawsuits alleging that restaurant employees have been forced to work off the clock, directed to share tips with managers, denied meal breaks or rest periods, incorrectly compensated, or

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