A federal judge in St. Louis tacked on more than $4.6 million to a nearly $3 million judgment against Steak ‘n Shake in an overtime case. A jury verdict was affirmed in February, but U.S. District Judge John Ross, of the Eastern District of Missouri in St. Louis, on May 10 added to the award. Some $3 million was added for “liquidated damages,” plus $1.6 million in legal fees, bringing the total judgment to some $7.7 million.
Two St. Louis-area Steak ‘n Shake managers, Sandra Drake and Randy Smith, brought suit in 2014, alleging that corporate-owned restaurants in the company’s “St. Louis region” did not pay managers for overtime work, in violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and Missouri wage laws. Kansas City lawyer Brendan Donelon represented the plaintiffs.