Catsimatidis on hook for $3.5M Gristedes-worker suit

New York Post Rich Calder
July 10, 2013

It’s coming out of his own deep pockets.

Mayoral candidate and supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis is personally responsible for a $3.5 million settlement that his Gristedes stores previously struck with workers who sued over being shortchanged, a Manhattan appeals court ruled yesterday.

The US Second Circuit Court of Appeals sided with a Manhattan federal judge who ruled the Republican candidate was the workers’ employer ” and thus is responsible for paying off a 2009 settlement in the unfair-labor-practices class-action suit filed in 2004.

Catsimatidis has an estimated worth of $3 billion.

John Catsimatidis must pay $3.5 million settlement.

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This decision reinforces what New Yorkers knew all along unpaid wages don’t happen in a vacuum, ” said Justin Swartz, the lead plaintiffs’ lawyer.

A person has to be responsible, and that person is John Catsimatidis, ” Swartz continued.

New Yorkers know that, as much as he tries, Mr. Catsimatidis can’t run away from his company’s wrongdoing. ”

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