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Chef Mario Batali Sued - For Stiffing Employees!

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Take notes, Gordon Ramsay. This is exactly what NOT to do to fix your money problems.

Acclaimed chef Mario Batali is being sued by some of his former employees for allegedly running a tip-stealing scheme. According to a former bartender who used to work at one of Batali's El Lay joints, the Iron Chef screwed him and the others out of some serious $$$.

Supposedly, Batali and his partner concocted something called a "Wine Program." Basically, anytime tips were left on a credit cared, a percentage of that was kept for themselves, before giving the staff their dues. The employees also claim that they weren't paid promptly upon being let go and when they did work, they weren't given adequate breaks.

Now they are looking for some serious damages, which sucks for Batali because he is already saving up to pay off another group of people suing him…on the East Coast, for the same thing!

Oh boy! Doesn't instill too much confidence in your innocence, sir!

[Image via WENN.]

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8 comments to “Chef Mario Batali Sued - For Stiffing Employees!”

  1. 1

    One of the oldest scams in the book — happened to me 20 years ago while working in Sedona. Manager was making people do split shifts and only allowing them to actually work on the floor for a few hours at a crack so by the end of the day, you didn't make enough tips to pay for gas! When you were lucky enough to have a decent shift and you sold a bottle of wine, same thing! They took a "CUT" of the tip. But they would tell people that the "Wine Contest" would pay you back, as at the end of the month, whoever sold the most of the featured wines got a bonus. LOL — really. And we fell for it???

  2. 2

    I don't think you know very much about the service industry… This happens all over. He is only getting sued to create bad press because he is famous. If people can't handle being in the industry, they shouldn't be. It isn't for everyone, especially not whiny people who do not want to work the long hours, but want to make the money.

  3. 3

    Fat opportunistic pig getting rich off the backs of the servers who work long hours and really look forward to those tips so they can pay their rent and put food on the table. Hopefully, they will throw this overfed a-hole in jail.

  4. 4

    This fat pig needs to go down. Especially since he was photographed with Messiah Dumbama and "Let The Eat Cake" Michelle. Any chef that would pander to The Chosen One and his butt ugly wife needs to have his sorry ass taken to court!

  5. 5

    Mario is nothing but a star fucker! Not worthy of serving me. Tried Babbo…it was LAME!

  6. 6

    I have been a professional server for over 15 years in high level restaurants. It's never enough for restaurant owners to make money on the food and drinks they sell. Whenever they can get there hands on tip money they take it also. Owners will use words like "service charge" instead of "gratuities". This allows them to divide the tips between the staff and usually keep half for the "house". I have made decent money by serving in the past , but lately I've noticed restaurateurs getting creative with there accounting practices.

  7. YUCK says – reply to this


    greedy fat fuck, the laws protecting employees are very fucked up and limited at least in the state of california! these companies are so large and so rich it is set up to protect the employer. the american worker is fucked.

  8. YUCK says – reply to this


    Re: Jason Schmidt – yeah and I am sure the IRS still charges the victimized waitstaff what they (irs) thinks they (you) are earning in tips and all the while the restaurant keeps it.