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Waffle House Managers Win Suit

August 21, 2001

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ A federal judge awarded nearly $2.9 million in overtime pay, plus interest, to Waffle House restaurant managers who said they regularly worked as cooks and servers and put in nearly twice as many hours as they were told to expect.

The lawsuit brought by 125 current and former managers against Treetop Enterprises Inc., which owns about 100 Waffle House franchises, claimed that the managers were told to expect to work 53 hours a week.

Instead, they regularly worked 80 to 100 hours a week and worked as cooks and filled in for servers, the managers testified.

Nashville-based Treetop contended the managers were exempt from federal laws governing work hours and pay.

The award, handed down last week, followed a 1999 ruling that the workers were entitled to overtime pay.

The restaurant chain said it will appeal.

Waffle House, based in Norcross, Ga., has 1,300 restaurants in 26 states.


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