Waldorf-Astoria Waiters Sue Hilton for Lost Tips

February 25, 2010

NEW YORK, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Nine banquet waiters at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel on Park Avenue in Manhattan have sued the famous property and its owner Hilton Worldwide Inc, alleging that they were stiffed on tips.

According to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court, customers were led to believe that a 21.5 percent gratuity added to their food and drink bills would go entirely to service staff.

In fact, the lawsuit said only 15 percent went to the staff while the other 6.5 percent went to the hotel. The complaint said this violated New York state labor law.

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It is unclear how much in damages is being sought, but the lawsuit said the amount at issue “exceeds the sum or value of $5 million.” The lawsuit seeks class-action status, payment of wages and gratuities required by law, and other remedies.

The case is Colon et al. v. Hilton Worldwide Inc, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 10-01575.