Celeb chef Mario Batali sued over low wages

July 23rd, 2010 - 9:13 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

mar New York, July 23 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Celebrity chef - Mario Batali and his restaurant have been sued for being too stingy with the workers.

The workers who bought the action up against the restaurant are Herman Ricardo Alvarado and Stephanie Capsolas. They filed the action at a Manhattan Federal Court. “It is sad to see a prestigious employer line his pockets with money belonging to the little guys,” according to the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Maimon Kirschenbaum.

According to the lawyers of the complainants, Babbo Ristorante Enoteca pays its workers salaries that are less than the national minimum wage in the United States. They also say that the company forces its employees to work over the 40 hours per week limit. They say the company also takes a percentage of the waiter’s tips.

Officials of Babbo Ristorante Enoteca however failed to comment on the suit.

There have been several suits against some famous restaurants lately brought up by their own workers. Restaurants such as 21 Club, the Light Horse Tavern, Le Cirque, Cafe Habana and David Bouley have all been sued by their employers for not paying enough.

It remains to be seen how these series of lawsuit would shape the way restaurants are run in the United States of America.

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