On July 15, 2022, NWLC co-led an amicus brief to the Fifth Circuit in Restaurant Law Center v. U.S. Department of Labor to protect restaurant workers from wage theft and abusive labor practices. Represented by Democracy Forward, NWLC joined the Restaurant Opportunities Center United, the Economic Policy Institute, Main Street Alliance, and the American Sustainable Businesses Network to submit a brief in support of the Department of Labor, urging the court to uphold the Department of Labor’s final rule limiting the amount of time tipped employees can spend performing non-tip-producing work while still receiving cash wages as low as $2.13 per hour. The DOL’s rule provides clear guidelines to ensure that unscrupulous employers cannot pay subminimum wages when they require workers to spend much of their shifts on work for which they do not earn tips. Amici wrote to provide details from the administrative record showing that the Department of Labor’s decision was not arbitrary and capricious and that the final rule prevents real harm to workers.