Chinatown Restaurant Workers Win Back Stolen Pay

A team of Skadden lawyers helped their pro bono clients, 11 workers at a Chinatown restaurant, win almost $700,000 in tips that had been stolen by the restaurant's management. The restaurant, 88 Palace, charged a mandatory 15 percent service charge in its banquet hall but failed to pass any of that money on to its waiters and waitresses, who worked for less than minimum wage. Manhattan federal judge Gerald Lynch ordered the restaurant to pay not only the back tips and wages but also legal fees and trial costs.