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Batali Settles Labor Class Action for $5.25M


New York, NY: A settlement has been reached between celebrity chef Mario Batali and workers at several of his restaurants. The settlement amount is a reported $5.25 million.

The employees accused Batali and his partner, Joseph Bastianich, of withholding 4 to 5 percent of the staff's tip pool, pushing hourly wages below the legal level, and refusing to pay overtime.

Servers at his restaurants initially "sued in 2010 alleging their employers violated the Fair Labor Standards Act in part by pocketing gratuities equal to as much as 5 percent of nightly wine sales,"a report by Bloomberg states.

According to the agreement, reported by Law 360, the funds will be divided among all captains, servers, waiters, bussers, runners, backwaiters, bartenders and barbacks who work or worked at Babbo, Bar Jamon, Casa Mono, Del Posto, Esca, Lupa, Otto or Tarry Lodge between July 2004 and February 2012.

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Published on Mar-8-12


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