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A company that operates several local golf clubs in the area is accused of stealing tips from its workers.

Texas-based Century Golf Partners, which does business as Arnold Palmer Golf Management, operates the Fox Valley Club in Lancaster, the Brierwood Country Club in Hamburg and the Tan Tara Golf Club in North Tonawanda. A class-action lawsuit filed against the company in Niagara County this week says the company automatically tacked a 20 percent gratuity charge onto banquet bills, but failed to pass that revenue on to the servers and bartenders working the events.

The suit filed by a bartender and waitress at the Fox Valley Club seeks to recover unpaid gratuities for all servers and bartenders who worked catered events at the local Arnold Palmer clubs over the past six years.

“New York law is clear that under these circumstances the service charges are gratuities and they must be paid to the service staff,” said Adam Gonnelli, head of the wage theft division of New York City-based law firm Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, in a statement.

Representatives for Century Golf Partners could not be reached to comment.

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