Daniel Boulud Sued by Employees Over Withheld Tips

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Daniel Boulud. Photo: Patrick McMullan

Three restaurant employees who filed a class-action lawsuit against restaurateur Daniel Boulud and his Dinex Group allege they were paid $5 to do non-tipped side work, instead of the $8 minimum wage. Attorney Brian Schaffer, who works for a firm that specializes in wage and overtime cases pertaining to the restaurant industry, says the law is clear on the compensation issue, and workers were allegedly forced to pool tips with the kitchen staff, while tips from private functions were also withheld, going back to 2008. The Post says Schaffer this week settled a lawsuit brought on by 88 Boulud employees in a separate case, and that the class size of his new "multimillion dollar" suit could eventually grow to include 500 current and past restaurant employees. [NYP, Related]