The Associated Press

Harvard Club Reaches $4M Settlement With Waitstaff

The exclusive Harvard Club of Boston has reached a $4 million settlement with its waitstaff in a tip dispute.

The staff sued in November claiming the 17 percent gratuity the club tacks on every bill was not given to employees.

Even though the club has a no-tipping policy and staffers make more than most hospitality workers, state law says service charges a customer would “reasonably expect” to be given to a server in lieu of a tip must go to the employee.

The Boston Globe reports that the settlement, which needs a judge’s approval, was reported in a letter to club members and confirmed by the plaintiffs’ lawyer.

The club with about 5,000 members is not affiliated with Harvard University, but many of its members are alumni of Harvard and other elite universities.

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  • Saint Botolph

    I drove cab for McCann and Boston Cab in early 70′s…learned my lesson: avoid the Hahvahd club and any Hahavahd event, lots of requests and little tip…these people need servants but are too cheap to hire them…this does not surprise me at all, I even picked up a young ‘W’ at Gino Capellitis club on Clarendon and took him to the ‘B’ School $8 fare $1 tip, and he a millionare, the waitresses and workers form the combat zone tipped big and were very respectful of others trying to make a living, God Bless them all, the Hahvahd folks well, that is why their endowment is in the Billions, cheap Bastids all of them

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