Dunkin’ Donuts Employee Sues to be Made Whole on Tips

May 19, 2011 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - An employee has filed a lawsuit against a Dunkin' Donuts franchisee that alleges its no tipping policy violates the Massachusetts Tips Law.

The Boston Globe reports that Ron Meshna, who works at a Dunkin’ Donuts owned by the Scrivanos Group, a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee, is asking that he and other workers at Dunkin’ stores operated by the Scrivanos Group be paid for the tips that they did not receive. The suit asks that a jury determine the amount of those tips.  

According to the Globe, Shannon Liss-Riordan, Meshna’s attorney, says the suit raises a new issue — that the Tips Law prohibits an employer from refusing to allow employees to receive tips.  

Attempts by the Globe to get comment from the Scrivanos Group and its attorney were not successful.