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Effectively handling legal matters is essential to the long-term profitability and sustainability of every restaurant. Employers in this unique industry face challenges and issues that more traditionally oriented organizations do not have to deal with, or even understand. Our Restaurant Group attorneys have significant experience assisting industry clients with workplace and business issues. We help our clients without getting in the way of their primary focus – successfully operating their restaurants.

Since we understand this industry and its lingo, we can immediately begin to address your problems or concerns, as we do not need to spend additional time educating our attorneys on the terminology and particulars of restaurants. This translates into significant time and financial savings for our clients.

Elarbee Thompson is often asked to create and or provide training to industry managers, supervisors, and human resource professionals as it relates to harassment, effective discipline, candidate interviewing and employee selection. We are also frequent speakers and contributing authors to many state, regional, and national restaurant associations and publications.

The Restaurant Group provides legal advice and representation in a wide range of areas:

  • Employment Discrimination Claims
  • Class and Collective Actions
  • Franchisee/Franchisor Relationships
  • Facility Compliance with Title III of the ADA
  • Dram Shop Litigation
  • Harassment Claims and Investigations
  • Labor Relations and Union Avoidance
  • Employment Contracts
  • Wage and Hour Issues
  • Customer Denial of Service Discrimination Complaints
  • Department of Labor Investigations (Federal and State)
  • FCRA Litigation
  • Immigration Visas and Compliance
  • Internal Investigations
  • Policy/Handbook Development and Interpretation
  • Development of Application and Other Employment Related Documents
  • Counseling on Employee Terminations and Discipline
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs

Representative Matters

Defending a multi-unit national chain of restaurants in a wage and hour collective action alleging misclassification of managers as exempt employees.

Assisting a small restaurant operation to grow its workforce and implement effective handbooks for managers and hourly employees, acknowledgements, an alternative dispute policy, applications, and other related policies as it expanded into a sophisticated operation.

Defending a regional chain of restaurants in a wage and hour collective action alleging work off the clock and that employees had not been properly paid.

Successfully negotiated a resolution for a restaurant in dram shop litigation involving the death of patron who allegedly was over-served by the establishment.


Stanford G. Wilson