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Mario Batali's Eatery Gets Sued…By It's Own Workers

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mario batalis four star restaurant sued by its own workers

What better way to celebrate being awarded a fourth star by The New York Times than getting sued by 27 workers, claiming they weren't paid legal wages!

Mario Batali's new restaurant in NYC, Del Posto, is the basis of a lawsuit filed in federal court by restaurant workers who claim that their managers improperly pooled tips and withheld some gratuities on wine and cheese sales.

According to the lawsuit, workers were awarded gratuities based on a point system, which operates as follows:

Captains - highest rung on waitstaff ladder - 6 points

Bartenders - 5 points

"Front Waiters" and Food "Expediters" - 4 points

Stockers - 2 points

Also according to the lawsuit, workers claimed they were getting short-handed on their share of a 23 percent service charge that is billed to patrons, which they all assumed was a gratuity.

These workers got flat fees of $150-$250 per shift, and they're seeking compensation which includes backpay, unspecified damages, and attorney's fees.

Hopefully you can get this all sorted out, Batali! Sure, you make wonderful food, but do you really feel comfortable knowing that you're mistreating all of your workers?


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4 comments to “Mario Batali's Eatery Gets Sued…By It's Own Workers”

  1. 1

    And this is considered NEWS?

  2. 2

    Re: Good Karma – Yes dipshit it is news… news that matters not who is fucking who in Hollywood

  3. 3

    this is how all restaurants work. it's legal because they are tipped. sometimes they make way more than they should. what assholes

  4. @v@ says – reply to this


    Did management create its very own bonus system by helping themselves to the worker's tips? Nothing surprises me anymore. I won't eat there now.