Workers file suit against Portland’s Eastland Park alleging ‘tip skimming’

Posted June 12, 2012, at 10 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Two employees of a Portland hotel have filed a lawsuit alleging management did not give them all the tips to which they were entitled.

Jeffrey Stone and Kimberly Williams on Monday filed a “tip skimming” class action suit in Cumberland County Superior Court against the owners and operators of the Eastland Park Hotel.

The complaint says the hotel adds a gratuity of 18-20 percent to food and beverage bills, including banquets.

The Portland Press Herald reported that the complaint alleges the hotel keeps a portion of gratuities for itself or distributes a portion to managers or other employees who do not serve food or beverages.

Williams has worked as a banquet server at the Eastland since 2004. Stone has worked at the hotel since last year.

Ownership had no comment.