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Ruby Tuesday Resolves EEOC Lawsuit

12/09/2013

MARYVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 9, 2013-- Ruby Tuesday’s mission is to become America’s favorite restaurant by delivering friendly and attentive service and consistently great food in a vibrant and exciting atmosphere. Each team member is an indispensable part of that mission. With more than 34,000 loyal team members who are dedicated to serving customers throughout the country, Ruby Tuesday strives to ensure that all those who apply for employment with the company are treated with dignity and respect. In addition, team members are selected and trained to meet high standards while management is dedicated to helping each team member achieve his or her full potential.

In this spirit, Ruby Tuesday has agreed to resolve a lawsuit involving three open restaurants and three closed restaurants in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The lawsuit, filed by the EEOC in 2009, primarily alleged that older workers were discriminated against during the hiring process. Ruby Tuesday has always strongly denied, and continues to strongly deny, this allegation. However, the company has decided to settle the lawsuit without conceding liability to reduce the disruption to daily business and avoid the cost of protracted litigation.

Guided by its Respect and Responsibility policy, Ruby Tuesday aims to treat all individuals with dignity and respect. Chairman, President and CEO, JJ Buettgen commented, "Ruby Tuesday is committed to quality operations and to providing opportunities and training that will allow team members to advance and develop to their full potential. Our team members are our most valuable asset as they are the ones who bring our plans to life everyday in our restaurants."

About Ruby Tuesday

Ruby Tuesday, Inc. has 778 Company-owned and/or franchise Ruby Tuesday brand restaurants in 45 states, the District of Columbia, 11 foreign countries, and Guam, in addition to 29 Company-owned and/or franchise Lime Fresh brand restaurants in six states, the District of Columbia, and one foreign country. As of September 3, 2013, we owned and operated 703 Ruby Tuesday restaurants and franchised 75 Ruby Tuesday restaurants, comprised of 33 domestic and 42 international restaurants. We also owned and operated 21 Lime Fresh restaurants and franchised eight Lime Fresh restaurants, comprised of six domestic and two international restaurants. Our Company-owned and operated restaurants are concentrated primarily in the Southeast, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest of the United States, which we consider to be our core markets.

Source: Ruby Tuesday, Inc.

Ruby Tuesday, Inc.
Michael Moore, 865-379-5700
EVP and Chief Financial Officer