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Labor Laws

  1. Minimum Wage
    Will Labor Laws Kill Food Co-ops As We Know Them?They fear their volunteer model will be targeted by labor officials.
  2. Lawsuits
    Saigon Grill Closes Amid Unresolved Legal TroublesThe restaurant’s constant legal troubles seem not to have improved.
  3. Foodienomics
    Westchester’s Ayara Thai Next To Get Busted For Wage Violations$162,201 will go to 35 employees who made as little as $45 a day working twelve-hour shifts.
  4. Beef
    Saigon Grill Protests Heat Up Again Under New OwnersDid the new owners unjustly fire nearly a dozen workers?
  5. Lawsuits
    Dallas BBQ Faces Potential Texas-Size LawsuitPlus, two new locations!
  6. Lawsuits
    Former Cooks and Waiters Serve Lawsuit to Shanghai CaféEx-employees are planning a protest tomorrow.
  7. Lawsuits
    Lawsuit: Carmine’s Waiter Had to Share Tips With Napkin RollerAnd the coffee-maker, too!
  8. Crime Scenes
    Feds Bust Chinatown Restaurants Employing Smuggled WorkersSome made just $3 an hour.
  9. Lawsuits
    Seinfeld Restaurant Gets SuedAn excuse for a “No tips for you!” joke.
  10. Lawsuits
    Morimoto Will Battle in Court, Sans Secret IngredientsThe lawyer who recently sued Mario Batali is now targeting another Iron Chef.
  11. Lawsuits
    Alto Is Latest To Be Accused of Wage ViolationsMichael White’s restaurant with Chris Cannon faces a class-action suit.
  12. Lawsuits
    Fresco by Scotto Gets SuedThe latest to be accused of withholding tips and overtime.
  13. Lawsuits
    Breaking: Batali Suit Amended to Include Five New RestaurantsAnd now the lawyer for the plaintiffs, Maimon Kirschenbaum, has something to say.
  14. Lawsuits
    Workers Accuse Brother Jimmy’s of Being a Bad BrotherThe restaurant is the latest to be sued for wage violations.
  15. Lawsuits
    Lawsuit: Short-Changing Bosses Vowed Never to Hire FujianeseWorkers at a Flushing restaurant are mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore.
  16. Lawsuits
    Park Avenue Winter Will Have to Weather Class-Action SuitWaiters claim that a manager discriminated against Bengalis and Bangladeshis.
  17. Lawsuits
    Wild Edibles Ends Epic Standoff With Picketing WorkersThere’s been a settlement in one of the food world’s most twisted labor cases.
  18. Lawsuits
    Care to See the Cipriani Lawsuit?Read the complaint that cater-waiters brought against the events juggernaut.
  19. Lawsuits
    Cipriani Says Lawsuit Is a ‘Desperate Attempt’Cipriani says workers are wrong to say they were stiffed out of tips, but their lawyer has a different story.
  20. Lawsuits
    Cipriani Hit With Another LawsuitAdd this one to the pile.
  21. Lawsuits
    Two More ‘Habana Girls’ Come Forward About ‘ManiacalTwo former waitresses say Café Habana’s risqué calendars were their idea, but went in a different direction.
  22. Lawsuits
    Lawyer Says ‘Habana Girls’ Have ‘An Active Imagination’Were accusations of sexual harassment at a trendy Nolita eatery inspired by the Hawaiian Tropic Zone case?
  23. Lawsuits
    ‘Habana Girls’ File Lawsuit Over Wages, Pinup CalendarCafé Habana is the subject of a steamy lawsuit.
  24. Political Eats
    Manhattan Borough President Wants YOU to Eat Local LegumesScott M. Stringer asks his e-mail list to sign an NYC Food Pledge and Charter.
  25. Labor Unrest
    Anonymous Dishwasher Speaks Out About Wage WoesThe other side of the fair-wage story.
  26. Health Concerns
    Raided Aunt Suzie’s Owner: ‘I Felt Like I Was Living in Some Kind ofIrene Lo Re explains her positions on mandatory sick leave and her alleged underpayment of employees.
  27. Health Concerns
    Aunt Suzie’s Owner Spoke Against Sick Leave Before Being Busted for Wage-DodgingThe owner of one of 25 Park Slope restaurants busted for underpaying employees is also against a mandatory sick-leave bill.
  28. Lawsuits
    State Busts Park Slope Restaurants for Stiffing Workers Out of Almost $1 MillionTwenty-seven restaurants were caught violating wage laws.
  29. Lawsuits
    Kitchen Workers Burned by Mama Mexico?Attorneys say the owner should remember his own humble beginnings.
  30. Lawsuits
    Megu Is Latest to Be Accused of Wage ViolationsThe restaurant has been hit with a class-action lawsuit.
  31. Lawsuits
    Domino’s Delivery Workers Say They Were Left on the Side of the RoadA trio of Queens workers say they weren’t reimbursed for expenses and were stripped of tips.
  32. Lawsuits
    Steakhouse Follies: Server Who Sued Ruth’s Chris Now Sues Strip HouseThe Glazier Group is smacked with the latest restaurant lawsuit.
  33. Lawsuits
    ‘21’ Club Is Latest to Be Sued for Withholding TipsThe patron saint of stiffed waiters, D. Maimon Kirschenbaum, has struck again.
  34. Lawsuits
    Le Cirque Hit With ‘Cater Waiter’ LawsuitLawyer Maimon Kirschenbaum, the scourge of restaurateurs, strikes again.
  35. Vongo
    Jean-Georges Leaves His Waiters a $1.75 Million TipA wage-skimming lawsuit has finally been settled.
  36. NewsFeed
    Brandworkers Spies on Wild Edibles Mystery TrucksIs this proof that Wild Edibles is secretly delivering fish to restaurants claiming to boycott them?
  37. NewsFeed
    Wild Edibles Denies Using Front Companies to Dodge BoycottCompany president Richard Martin says he’ll continue to protest the protesters.
  38. NewsFeed
    Wild Edibles Net Becomes Still More TangledA contempt-of-court motion accuses the seafood provider of illegally firing workers.
  39. NewsFeed
    Life Is Not Exactly Nirvana for Buddha Bar EmployeesAccording to legal papers filed last week, meatpacking district restaurant-lounge Buddha Bar hasn’t exactly been following the Noble Eightfold Path when it comes to its pay policies. A server, bartender, busboy, and six other employees have filed a class-action lawsuit accusing owner David Kay, CEO Nina Zajic, and GM Peter Jastimi of numerous stingy practices: withholding portions of their tips, redistributing tips to employees who weren’t entitled to them, failing to pay minimum wage, withholding a portion of “service charges” that diners assumed were paid to waiters, and forcing employees to pay for walkouts, uniforms, and credit-card fees. By the looks of these papers, it looks like the restaurant’s giant Buddha is the only thing sitting pretty. Reyes, Goins, and Peralta v. Buddha Bar
  40. NewsFeed
    Saigon Grill Deliverymen Get Their Jobs Back, With a RaiseIt looks like you won’t see Saigon Grill deliverymen picketing on the sidewalk anymore — according to the Times, a judge has finally ruled that 28 deliverymen who were illegally fired for organizing a labor lawsuit can go back to work at the minimum wage of $4.85 an hour, rather than the $1.60 per hour some workers were apparently paid during 75-hour work weeks. Saigon Grill plans to appeal, though you’d think this snowy, slushy day — if nothing else — would force them to admit they might not be paying their deliverymen enough. Related: Restaurants Must Rehire Deliverymen, Judge Rules [NYT] The Deliveryman’s Uprising [NYM]
  41. NewsFeed
    Park Avenue Café Waiter Says He Was Discriminated Against for NotA little over a week ago, we broke the news that Park Avenue Café (currently Park Avenue Winter) is being sued by employees who claim they were forced to participate in illegal tip-pooling and discriminated against because they were South Asian. The Sun now reports that a court has allowed former employee Mohammed Rahman to bring a suit on behalf of nonwhite employees at Park Avenue Café, but stopped short of allowing a class-action suit against parent chain Smith & Wollensky. One of the reasons Rahman claims he was given a hard time, and eventually fired, is that he didn’t drink alcohol and so couldn’t taste wine — which has to be the first time someone has been canned for not drinking on the job. Related: Park Avenue Winter Experiences Legal Discontent
  42. NewsFeed
    Park Avenue Winter Experiences Legal DiscontentUh-oh.The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group is in legal trouble again, this time thanks to a lawsuit filed against Park Avenue Café. The class-action suit filed by two captains and a waiter claims the restaurant — currently known as Park Avenue Winter — violated wage laws by forcing them to pool their tips with non-tipped employees like dishwashers, expediters, and coffee makers. Attorney Maimon Kirschenbaum tells us that the plaintiffs are expected to be joined by others in the next few days and will soon bring a separate complaint accusing assistant manager Santiago Pasentez of discriminating against the restaurant’s Bengali and Bangladeshi employees.