Owners of the Babbo Ristorante Enoteca, Joe Bastianich & Mario Batali are sued by current employees over wages. The staff claims that the celebrity chefs are not paying the legal amount and are deducting from their tips! You have to keep reading to see what shady business is really going on, and I have some photos and a video for you!
Unfortunately this is not the first time we have heard about star chefs underpaying their workers. According to the federal lawsuit filed by Stephanie Capsolas and Hernan Ricardo Alvarado minimum wage is not being paid, and they are subtracting a percentage of wine sales from the tip pool. And with further investigation they may find more!
In regards to Joe Bastianich & Mario Batali sued for being stingy, lawyer for the prosecution Denise Schulman stated:
“They’ve been paying them the wrong minimum wage and illegally withholding tips.”
More specifically, the accusations about the employers are as follows: they have been allegedly taking 4.5% of the wine sales away from the tip pool; they have not been meeting the minimum wage standards; they have not been paying employees the mandated extra hour if they work a shift of more than 10 hours.
They are hoping to turn this into a class action lawsuit which would involve up to 100 employees. It could be a huge trial as Babbo’s in only one of many owned by the Iron Chef. And I wish this wasn’t something we have been hearing about for years.
“Whenever someone on that level is stealing money from someone on such a low level of income it is very egregious,” said Mr. Kirschenbaum, the other lawyer fighting. “Apparently restaurants have not learned their lesson and they continue to line their pockets with money belonging to their employees.”
I am sure we will hear from them soon but as for now, an assistant for Mr. Batali said:
“Joe and Mario are both out of town on summer vacation and cannot be reached for comment.”
I hope they get the resolution they deserve! What do you think about Babbo’s Joe Bastianich & Mario Batali sued over wage issues? Let me know in the comment section after you check out these photos and a video of him facing employer issues.
Photos: www.wenn.com/Patricia Schlein, Chris Connor, Judy Eddy, PNP