A federal civil lawsuit brought by two Columbia waitresses alleging minimum wage violations by the company that owns the popular California Dreaming restaurant just off the University of South Carolina campus has been given the provisional go-ahead to proceed as a class action.
An arbitrator who examined the allegations in the lawsuit has determined that the allegations have enough merit to allow more than 1,000 current and former workers at three California Dreaming restaurants in South Carolina to be contacted as potential plaintiffs with claims. The lawsuit still has to be given final approval.
“Notices went out in the last week to approximately 1,300 current and former employees,” said Columbia attorney Todd Ellis, one of three lawyers representing California Dreaming waitresses Brittany Bradley, a past employee, and Tamia Corbitt, a current employee.
Neither CentraArchy Restaurant Management Co., which owns California Dreaming, nor its lawyers responded last week to requests for comment.