A high-end Israeli restaurant in Philadelphia has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by a former server who claimed she was forced to hand over her tips to other workers.
Court documents show the owners of Zahav agreed to pay $230,000 to 41 current and former employees.
The former server sued over having to give $5 per shift to the restaurant’s silverware polisher. Her lawyers argued that since the polishers had no customer contact, they weren’t entitled to tips.
Documents show Steve Cook, half of the Cook & Solomonov team behind Zahav, Federal Donuts and other restaurants, signed off on the settlement in June.
The agreement — in which the owners made no admission of wrongdoing or liability — is subject to a judge’s approval.
Zahav’s chef Michael Solomonov took home the outstanding chef award at the James Beard Awards in May.