Boston.com – An employee has filed a lawsuit against a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee that alleges that the franchisee’s no tipping policy violates the Massachusetts Tips Law.
The complaint was filed today in Suffolk Superior Court by Ron Meshna, who works at a Dunkin’ Donuts in North Reading owned by the Scrivanos Group, a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee, said Shannon Liss-Riordan, Meshna’s attorney; the suit is seeking class action status.
According to Liss-Riordan, the suit filed against Scrivanos Group raises a new issue — that the Tips Law prohibits an employer from refusing to allow employees to receive tips.
The suit is asking that Meshna 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.
Attempts to get comment from the Scrivanos Group and its attorney were not immediately successful.
Liss-Riordan has represented workers in lawsuits about tips in the past, including one involving skycaps at Logan International Airport and another involving food service workers at Fenway Park.
Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade, Plessy v. Ferguson and now Meshna v. Scrivanos Group (Dunkin’ Donuts). It looks like we are coming up one of the most important cases of the new century. I tell you what this motherfucker Meshna better hope Bobo Sr. isn’t sitting on this jury. He has been so pissed since these dickheads put out tip jars it is ridiculous, same with Elew too. And I couldn’t agree more. They are like fucking panhandlers. They aren’t waiters or waitresses, they don’t get paid less than the minimum wage. The put coffee in a fucking cup and some of them don’t even do that. Some just grab a donut by making a 180 degree turn. Others don’t even make the fucking coffee. Don’t try to make us feel bad.
Listen, if you want to tip the Mexican who pressed medium on the cash register then go right ahead but they don’t need to be sticking tip jars in your face like fucking bums on the street of SF. You don’t see that shit at Starbucks or Peet’s Coffee I will tell you that much. I really hope they broadcast this on CourtTV because I will be tuning in everyday. This case is certain to rock New England. How many DD’s are there over there? Like 6 million or something I believe. People should be putting that change back in their pockets and saving it and once they have at least $15 buying a howzyafatha.com t-shirt.