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Fair Labor/Wage and Hour Litigation Restaurant and Hospitality Law

Lawsuit Against Mario Batali’s Restaurants Heating Up

In May of this year, NY Federal Judge Richard Howell dealt a huge blow to famed restauranteur Mario Batali and his partner Joseph Bastianich by granting class action certification to a lawsuit filed by about a dozen or so employees of their famed eateries. The Wage and Hour lawsuit makes several claims against the pair […]

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General Litigation

Celeb Chef’s Case Shows Danger of Fair Wage Claims

Gregory Zakarian is a restaurant rock star. He appears regularly on The Food Network; owns the well-reviewed Lambs Club restaurant in the Chatwal Hotel off Times Square as well as the National Bar and Dining Rooms in the Benjamin Hotel in Midtown Manhattan; he oversees food and beverages at the luxurious Water Club at the […]

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General Litigation

Supreme Court Allows Oral Wage Complaints to Form Basis For Retaliation

Ina decision that makes it easier to file retaliation claims against employers, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday that workers who complain to their employers about wage violations are protected from retaliation even if the complaints were not in writing.  The case Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp.,  was decided by a vote of 6-2 (Justice […]

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General Litigation

New Tip Rules In Effect For NY Restaurants and Hotels!

Normally tipping is no more complicated than figuring out whether to leave    15 or 20% of the check based on the service you received (or less or more if the service was particularly bad or good). Well, for restaurant, hotel and bar owners, the NYS Labor Department has issued the first-ever set of guidelines for […]

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General

Do Unpaid Internships Violate Federal Wage Laws?

As the father of a college student, I am well aware of the importance of and difficulty in obtaining a well-placed internship.  Luckily, my son ended up getting a paid position but many students find themselves accepting positions that pay either nothing or well below the minimum wage.  So, is that legal, their parents ask […]