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High-profile Celebrity Restaurateurs Hit with Wage and Hour Lawsuits

October 22, 2010

In a recent blog, our Riverside employment attorneys discussed a wage and hour lawsuit filed against celebrity chef Mario Batali's New York restaurant, Del Posto, for allegedly violating wage and hour laws, by depriving employees from tips and other compensation from banquet work at the restaurant.

Freddy Richards, a waiter at Del Posto for almost four years, making nearly $50,000 a year working at the restaurant, claimed that employees were aware that they were not receiving tips that were owed to them, but were too scared to report it.

This Del Posto lawsuit reportedly comes after a six-month negotiation attempt with Mario Batali, and partner Joseph Bastianich, of the Batali-Bastianich Hospitality Group, with the advocacy group, the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY).

This is one of nine recent wage and hour campaigns, launched by ROC-NY, against other high profile New York restaurant establishments. The advocacy group claims to have achieved millions of dollars in wage and hour settlements in these cases.

This wage and hour lawsuit also follows two similar suits against the Batali-Bastianich Hospitality group--one involving two Babbo restaurant employees, which seeks to be a class action suit including around 20 plaintiffs at over twelve restaurants, as well as a lawsuit filed against one of Batali's California restaurants.

Other high-profile employment lawsuits filed against well-known restaurateurs this year include suits against Michael White of Atlamarea Group, Eleven Madison Park's Danny Meyer, and Iron Chef personality Masaharu Morimoto.

At Howard Law, PC, our experienced team of Carson labor and employment attorneys aggressively protect your rights to a workplace free from violations of wage and hour laws. Contact us today, for a free consultation, so we can help you with your recovery.

Del Posto Latest on Lawsuit Menu, The Wall Street Journal, October 13, 2010

Related Web Resources:

Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York, ROC-NY

Department of Labor (DOL): Wage and Hour Division (WHD)