This morning, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Aurelio Munoz conditionally certified a class action against Real Mex Restaurants, Inc. and granted preliminary approval of a settlement under which Real Mex will pay up to $5 million to settle claiming arising out of its policies and practices concerning meal and rest breaks and employee uniforms at its California restaurants. The settlement involves hourly restaurant workers who worked in the State of California at El Torito, El Torito Grill, Acapulco, Las Brisas, El Paso Cantina or Guadalharry's restaurants between December 2000 and December 2006. Notice will be sent to class members on or before April 10, 2007. Class members who wish to participate in the settlement will need to sign and return their proof of claim forms within 50 days after the notice is mailed. A final fairness hearing will be conducted on June 22, 2007.
The class members are represented by Walsh & Walsh, P.C., Langford & Langford, P.C., The Carter Law Firm and the Law Office of Jose Garay. Class members seeking additional information can contact us by email, through our website (where further details will be posted after the notice is completed and mailed) or by telephone at (714) 544-6609.