Tip-pooling lawsuit targets Union Square Hospitality Group

Tip-pooling lawsuit targets Union Square Hospitality Group

This story originally appeared in sister publication Restaurant Hospitality.

Two former bussers at Gramercy Tavern filed a lawsuit last week charging parent company Union Square Hospitality Group, or USGH, with illegally sharing pooled tips with non-service personnel and managers.

The lawsuit, filed Dec. 11 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, also claims that a 20-percent service charge collected for private events at the restaurant represented a gratuity that was not distributed to service workers, in violation of state and

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