Bobby Flay is getting heat beyond his fake fight with the Dessert Truck, as several New York–based employees are suing his restaurant group, Bold Food, for allegedly violating labor laws. Waiters from Mesa Grill and Bar Americain allege that managers have been "engaging in improper tip-pooling practices … redistributing portions of employees’ tips to non-tip eligible employees … [and] failing to reimburse workers for the cost of purchasing and laundering required uniforms." The suit further claims that one of the plaintiffs was suspended from Bar Americain for questioning the restaurant’s tip-pooling practices. This is only the latest in a busy season of lawsuits filed by waiters against their restaurants. But will Flay address it on his Sirius radio show?
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