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Ex-Tiger Dumpling employees sue over wages; plans to sell at Kroger nixed

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Posted at 4:41 PM, Oct 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-20 16:41:11-04

COVINGTON, Ky. -- Kroger no longer plans to carry food from Tiger Dumpling in their stores as the restaurant is facing a lawsuit from former employees who claim they weren't paid for weeks of work.

In the lawsuit, which was filed in federal district court in Kentucky Tuesday, Lidia Domingo and six other former employees allege that they were unpaid for four weeks in March at the restaurant's Newport warehouse, prompting them to quit.

The former employees accuse Tiger Dumping, The Dumpling Man and founder James Herbert of violating the Kentucky Wage and Hour Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act in their lawsuit. They're seeking the wages and overtime, as well as interest.

Tiger Dumpling had not yet responded to the lawsuit. Herbert's attorney couldn't immediately be reached.

The lawsuit was filed the day after Kroger announced Tiger Dumpling would open food carts at their Oakley and Harper's Point stores.

Thursday, Kroger representative Patty Leesemann said they were "no longer pursuing a business partnership with Tiger Dumpling," but didn't say why.

Tiger Dumpling also has plans to open a new restaurant at the Banks. They wrote on Facebook this week that is still happening.

Read the former employees' full complaint below:

Former Tiger Dumpling employees' lawsuit by James on Scribd