The rules of owning a restaurant are complicated. The rules of owning multiple restaurants are also complicated.
What isn't complicated is knowing that confiscating part of your waiters', captains' and other employees' tips to supplement your profits is not a legal thing to do.
And that's exactly what Mario Batali is in trouble for!
But the good news is — after all these years (since 2004) of getting ripped off on tips and legal filings, Mario Batali has agreed to pay out $5.25 million.
Let's hope this never happens again!
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