Another Big-Shot Chef Gets a Wage Lawsuit
Mario Batali may have just settled one of his wage violation lawsuits for $5.25 million, but it looks like another chef will join Batali in the legal arena.
Chicago chef Graham Elliot Bowles of Graham Elliot and Grahamwich by Graham Elliot is being sued by a former waiter, charged with denying minimum wage to a certain Gregory Curtis and forcing participation in a tip pool.
According to the case, the law states that employers can pay staff less than minimum wage as long as they can either keep all their tips or pool them between tip-earning staff. In Curtis' case, however, the tips were shared with non-tipped staff as well.
The waiter is seeking back pay plus interest for himself and others who may join the case.