Buffalo Wild Wings Settles Tipped Workers Lawsuit for $10M

Will Gendron
Editor in Chief
Published
June 30, 2024 9:49 AM
Updated
July 24, 2024
Buffalo Wild Wings Settles Tipped Workers Lawsuit for $10M
Settlement Open for Claims
Award:
$215 on average
Deadline:
August 20, 2024
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Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. has agreed to pay $10,000,000 to settle a class action lawsuit for allegedly failing to pay the full minimum wage to servers and bartenders during periods when they performed side work. This settlement benefits individuals who worked as servers or bartenders for Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., BWW Resources, LLC, and Blazin Wings, Inc. between November 18, 2019, and August 24, 2023. Eligible class members can receive an average payment of $215, although the exact amount may vary based on the number of weeks or hours worked during the relevant period.

Can I Claim an Award?

To be eligible for an award from this settlement, you must have worked as a server or bartender for Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., BWW Resources, LLC, or Blazin Wings, Inc. at some point between November 18, 2019, and August 24, 2023. The lawsuit alleges that during this period, the company failed to pay the full minimum wage when servers and bartenders performed side work in excess of 20% of their time spent working in a week and/or for more than 30 continuous minutes.

Class members are those who meet the following criteria:

  • Worked as a server or bartender for Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., BWW Resources, LLC, or Blazin Wings, Inc. between November 18, 2019, and August 24, 2023.
  • Performed side work in excess of 20% of their time spent working in a week and/or for more than 30 continuous minutes.

How Much Can I Claim?

The settlement provides an average payment of $215 per person. However, the exact amount each class member will receive depends on the number of weeks or hours worked during the relevant period. The settlement amount will be divided among the class members based on their individual work history.

Is Proof Required to Claim the Reward?

No specific proof is required to claim the reward. The settlement administrator will use the pay records, time records, and point of sale records provided by Buffalo Wild Wings to determine the eligibility and payment amount for each class member.

How to Claim Your Award

To claim your award, you must submit a properly completed Claim Form to the Settlement Claims Administrator by August 20, 2024. You can file a claim online. Alternatively, you can mail your Claim Form to the following address:

Buffalo Wild Wings Settlement

c/o Atticus Administration

PO Box 64053

Saint Paul, MN 55164

You can also email your Claim Form to BWWSettlement@atticusadmin.com or fax it to 1-888-326-6411.

How do I Get Paid?

If you submit a properly completed and signed Claim Form by the deadline, you will receive a settlement check. You will have 90 calendar days from the date the check is mailed to cash or deposit your check. If you do not cash or deposit your check within this period, you will not receive another payment, but you will not be bound by the release.

$10,000,000 Settlement Fund Breakdown

The total settlement amount is $10,000,000. From this amount, 40% will be allocated to attorneys' fees, plus additional litigation costs. The remaining amount will be distributed to the class members based on their individual work history. The attorneys representing the class have taken this case on a contingency fee basis of 40% of the total settlement for attorneys' fees plus additional litigation costs.

Important Dates

  • Deadline to File a Claim: August 20, 2024

Why is There a Class Action Settlement?

This class action settlement was reached to resolve allegations that Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., BWW Resources, LLC, and Blazin Wings, Inc. failed to pay the full minimum wage to servers and bartenders during periods when they performed side work. The settlement was reached after both sides presented their legal positions and faced uncertainty as to which side was correct. Considering the risks of litigation and the significant costs associated, the parties attended mediation and reached a settlement of the claims.

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Status
Open for Claims
Category
Labor
Settlement Amount
$10,000,000
Award
$215 on average
Is Proof Required?
TBD
TBD
Days Remaining to file Claim
27
Claim Deadline
August 20, 2024
Fairness Hearing
Final Approval Hearing
Case Number
1:21-CV-4779-LMM
Case Title
Depalo v. Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.
State
Court
Jurisdiction
Claims Administrator
Atticus Administration PO Box 64053 Saint Paul, MN 55164 1-888-219-6058 BWWSettlement@atticusadmin.com
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