AMARILLO, TX (AP) — The Big Texan Steak Ranch has paid $800,000 to settle a Labor Department dispute alleging the restaurant took too much of a bite out of tips to workers.
The department on Monday announced the agreement with the Amarillo restaurant, famous for its 72-ounce steak dinner that’s free if eaten in an hour.
(See video of Molly Schuyler, competitive eating champion, at the Big Texan Steak Ranch)
A 2011 federal audit and investigation found minimum-wage and record-keeping violations involving pooling of tips and use of some tips for business costs.
Co-owner Bobby Lee says the restaurant settled the case last September and paid $650,000 in back wages and $150,000 in damages to current and former staff.
Lee and his brother Danny Lee, in a statement, say the Big Texan Steak Ranch has made compliance changes, did not underpay anyone and the mistake was administrative.
(©2014 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
- Storm Drops Record-Breaking Rain In Parts Of California
- Kevin Smith Loses More Weight After Suffering Heart Attack
- Court Sides With Marvin Gaye Family In ‘Blurred Lines’ Fight
- Fan Essentials: Most Trusted Coach
- Gas Prices Across Texas & Nationwide Are Up This Week
- PHOTOS: Your Pet Pictures