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Employees Sue Chef Mario Batali Over Unpaid Wages!

| Filed under: Legal MattersGwyneth Paltrow


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Celebrity chef Mario Batali is being sued by two employees at his New York restaurant Babbo, claiming they were cheated out of wages and forced to split their tips with other workers who did not have the right to take a cut of their share.

A lawyer for the employees commented on the case, stating, "It is sad to see a prestigious employer line his pockets with money belonging to the little guys."

Their class-action suit seeks unspecified damages for themselves and all other "similarly situated" co-workers who work at the Italian restaurant.

Shame on you, Mario! What would BFF Gwyneth say??

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13 comments to “Employees Sue Chef Mario Batali Over Unpaid Wages!”

  1. 1

    "Shame on you, Mario!" - start saying that to yourself every single morning when you wake up poop pumper…………

  2. 2

    I doubt Batali was lining his pockets with their money. More likely he was lining his stomach with double cheeseburgers and hot dogs purchased with their money.

    Also, I've seen bums and winos and the streets that were better dressed than him.

  3. Heh says – reply to this


    That happens every day in every single restaurant everywhere, lol, if they dont like it they shouldnt wait tables its the most God awful job anyone could have, so what you dont wanna split your tips with the runners and the people that are actually doing the work? thats the real crime in my opinion, that's just basic etiquette you tip your runners

  4. 4

    The money's obviously going toward his fly wardrobe!

  5. 5

    This doesn't have to do with lining his pockets.
    In a lot of nicer restaurants, waiters share tips with busboys and managers. It is technically illegal to share tips with managers, BUT in nicer restaurants managers serve as sommeliers, aid waiters, and put in a large amount of work serving tables. This is a normal thing for disgruntled waiters to sue for. It gets them money and publicity and the restaurant owner generally gets screwed because either he didnt have them sign a form saying they'd agree to tip sharing, or the form they signed wasn't worded properly, or it wasn't read over and approved by a lawyer.

    So, in reality, this guy is not a bad guy. His wait staff is just being a bunch of jerks. They didn't make less money. Generally waiters who work in this type of situation make more money than the average waiter because everyone helps out each other more. The waiters are prob. a bunch of coke heads who are just taking advantage of a poorly written law.

  6. 6

    Why "shame on you, Mario Batali?" It should be more like shame on you, Perez! Once again, publicizing some story which probably isn't even true! I believe that is your tendency—"report" (sarcasm) with no regard for the truth.

  7. 7

    Hmmm..maybe this story has as much truth to it as your great Spice Girls movie news—–that is right, that one you just retracted. Good going!

  8. 8

    Forget the wages. What on earth is that mound of flesh where his crotch should be???

  9. 9

    never mind GOOPY…..

    What would Anthony Bourdain say? They are buds. Doubt he would treat his employees like that. Heard he is especially good to his 'crew'.

  10. 10

    I knew something about that man wasn't right. Pretends he knows everything there is to know about Italian food. Pshaw. Oh well….everyone's got their problems.

  11. 11

    fucking who? and someone dress this fool

  12. 12

    Dude needs to lose some weight. Looks like a dare devil balancing all that weight on those small legs.

  13. 13

    I agree with the "x"s. Screw the story, get rid of the spaguetti strainers.