TWO COOKS and a busboy sued the posh B Bar & Grill yesterday, claiming the Manhattan hot spot stiffed them on wages. Hotelier Eric Goode cheated B Bar Grill employees out of overtime and minimum wages, according to the class action suit in Manhattan federal court. Goode, Garden Cafe Association and Sulcata Corp. set the bar's illegal payroll practices, the suit claimed.
A lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges that restaurateur and hotelier Eric Goode's B Bar and Grill in New York violates federal and state labor laws, according to Outten & Golden LLP.
Four current and former employees, who worked as cooks, dishwashers, and bussers, at Goode's restaurant at 40 East 4th Street allege violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the New York Labor Law (NYLL).
Justin M. Swartz, Rachel Bien, and Delyanne Barros, of Outten & Golden LLP represent the workers, and will seek to have the lawsuit certified as a class action intended to recover, among other...
Eric Goode's Bowery mainstay B Bar is yet another restaurant being accused by its employees for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law. Goode was served with the class action suit last night, in which the employees allege that B Bar failed to fairly compensate them for overtime, spread-of-hours pay, and uniform-related expenses dating back to 2004.
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Just when Giuseppe Cipriani thought it was safe to show his face again (he’s back in the country after a plea bargain over unpaid taxes), he’s been smacked with a lawsuit by five staffers who claim they weren’t given their share of the service charge that Cipriani levels for private events. The legal teams of Outten & Golden LLP and Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP are also accusing Cipriani of “time shaving,” described as “erasing time worked from the time records in order to pay workers for fewer hours than they worked.” Their full release is below. Keep in mind that Cipriani was hit with an...
Lawyer Justin M. Swartz is taking on some of the city's top hotspots.
Justin Swartz is working for tips.
Swartz is making a career out of taking on some of the city's biggest chefs and hotspots - Bobby Flay's Bar Americain and Mesa Grill, Tom Colicchio's Craft, and Tao and Buddha Bar - for workers who say they were stiffed out of gratuities.
"People come to New York City, see a show, stay at a hotel, eat in a good restaurant, spend a lot of money and tip the servers," Swartz said. "But they have no idea that the restaurant that charged $35 for a steak made even more money by keeping the tips...
Come back to New York, get hit with a lawsuit. According to a press release sent out on behalf of the plaintiffs, a group of current and former servers, bartenders, and co-captains from across the entire Cipriani network are suing main man Giuseppe Cipriani for labor law violations. This comes while Mr. Cip is already dealing with some immigration issues that arose following his felony charge for tax evasion, issues he has just recently confronted by returning to New York after an extended break overseas.
The complaint: that Cipriani withheld tips at catered events and that he engaged in "...
A lawsuit filed Monday alleges that the Giuseppe Cipriani's famed event, catering and restaurant enterprise violates federal and New York state labor laws, according to Outten & Golden LLP and Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP.
The lawsuit, which alleges violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the New York Labor Law (NYLL), was filed in New York federal court on behalf of current and former servers, bartenders and a co-captain who have worked at various Cipriani locations, including Cipriani 42nd Street, Cipriani Wall Street, Cipriani 23rd Street, and the Rainbow Room.
The Cipriani family, which owns a string of high society restaurants that have been dogged in recent years with legal trouble, is heading to court again, this time over charges of underpaying contract workers.
A group of current and former employees for a company that provides staffing for Cipriani events filed a lawsuit on Monday that says Cipriani failed to pass along service charges to employees, as is required under state labor law. The lawsuit alleges a number of other labor violations, including paying the workers for fewer hours than were actually worked.
BNA Books, a division of specialized news and information publisher BNA, announced today the publication of The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. This new treatise is published by BNA Books in cooperation with the American Bar Association's Section of Labor and Employment Law. Knowledge of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) -- the federal act governing military leave and discrimination/retaliation issues resulting from military service -- is critical in today's workplace, where the number of American employees in military service...