Two Former Employees Are Suing Danny Meyer Over Unpaid Wages

Under attack.
Under attack.

Danny Meyer’s plan to eliminate tipping has just started to take hold, and it looks like it’s going to be a huge success. But there’s some lingering drama: Two former Gramercy Tavern bussers, Uzzol Siddiky and Kawsar Maruf, are suing Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, claiming they weren’t properly compensated.

Both workers received a lower minimum wage of $5 per hour — given to staff who benefit from tips — but because they had to share their tips, they claim they should have received $8.75 per hour. They’re demanding to recover their unpaid minimum wages, “retained gratuities” from private events, as well as damages and attorney’s fees. Also, Siddiky and Maruf have filed this as a class-action suit, to represent more than 100 employees.

Union Square Hospitality has responded gracefully, saying through a spokesperson, “We have always cared deeply about cultivating a strong employee-first culture, and we will review this matter thoroughly.”

[Telegraph, Eater]

Danny Meyer Sued Over Unpaid Tips