Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
12 Months Ended
Dec. 27, 2020
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies Commitments and Contingencies
In July 2017, an hourly Team Member filed a class actions lawsuit before the United States District Court in Santa Ana, California (Vigueras v. Red Robin International, Inc.) alleging the Company failed to provide required meal breaks and rest periods and failed to reimburse business expenses, among other claims. In the first quarter of 2020, the Company reached a tentative settlement resolving all claims for an aggregate $8.5 million. An additional $4.5 million was accrued during the Company's first fiscal quarter of 2020 to fully reserve the $8.5 million settlement amount, which was paid out in January 2021.
In the normal course of business, there are various claims in process, matters in litigation, and other contingencies. These include employment related claims and claims from Guests or Team Members alleging illness, injury, food quality, health, or operational concerns. To date, none of these claims, certain of which are covered by insurance policies, have had a material effect on the Company. While it is not possible to predict the outcome of these suits, legal proceedings, and claims with certainty, management is of the opinion that adequate provision for potential losses associated with these matters has been made in the financial statements and that the ultimate resolution of these matters will not have a material adverse effect on our financial position and results of operations. However, a significant increase in the number of these claims, or one or more successful claims resulting in greater liabilities than we currently anticipate, could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.
Including the accrued liabilities related to the Vigueras settlement, as of December 27, 2020, we had a balance of $10.5 million for loss contingencies on our consolidated balance sheets. We ultimately may be subject to greater or less than the accrued amount.