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Wage Violations Reported at North Myrtle Beach Restaurant

A North Myrtle Beach restaurant owned by the sister of famous musician Jimmy Buffett is accused by several former employees of illegally paying them less than minimum wage.

Katie Burdick, who worked as a waiter from 2018 to 2021 in LuLu’s North Myrtle Beach, filed the first complaint in December alleging violations of South Carolina’s wage payment law, and two similar lawsuits were filed this week on behalf of a total of 14 other former servers and bartenders.

The lawsuits name the Barefoot Landing restaurant, owners including Lucy Buffett and a handful of supervisors and managers as defendants. Defense attorney Phillip Reeves, who represents them all, did not immediately return a voicemail requesting comment.

Former LuLu employees allege they were paid less than minimum wage through their mandatory participation in the ‘tip pool’ which required them to give a portion of their tips after each shift to supervisors and managers, called the “house”, according to the complaints. .

The restaurant and its agents also required employees to perform “production duties without tipping,” including kitchen work and deep cleaning, and to work overtime without legal compensation, according to the sources. lawsuits.

The employees also allege that they were coerced into buying LuLu’s t-shirts.

Each of the three lawsuits are worded very similarly, so it’s unclear why they were filed separately. Attorneys William Luse and Lisa Davis, who represent all of the employees, could not immediately be reached for comment.

LuLu’s is a restaurant chain that also has locations in Florida and Alabama.

This story was originally published May 6, 2022 9:59 a.m.

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