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World famous chef and restauranteur faces wage claim

Workers in the New York service industry will laud certain benefits of the job. It can provide them with a steady income, flexible hours, and the freedom for other pursuits. Still, there are certain aspects that bartenders, wait staff, and others in the restaurant trade will feel negatively about. They are often confronted with various forms of illegality and mistreatment. That can include harassment, failure to pay full wages, and other forms of abuse. When there is a workplace violation, these workers can be intimidated from coming forward as they feel they cannot afford to lose their job. This is a mistake, and consulting with an employment law firm is imperative to ensure an individual is being fully protected, as evidenced by one recent case.

There, world famous chef Jose Andres is facing allegations that he underpaid employees at his New York food market. The case was filed by a bartender who stated she was paid less than the minimum wage per hour. She wants to be compensated for what she did not receive and requests that fellow employees also receive their wages. The woman worked at the establishment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and she also did extra work for two hours. However, she asserts that she was paid based on tips despite the extra work not being tipped. The restaurant claims that it has always paid its employees what they are owed.

In addition to her wage claim, the woman says that she was not paid sufficient overtime. During her regular shift, she got $15.55 hourly. This is less than the legal wage of $17.50. When she worked beyond the 10-hour mark, she was paid $10 and not the $15 she should have been paid. Her claim is also filed on behalf of her coworkers who claim to also have been underpaid. The same establishment had a previous claim of employment violations, including one made by a woman who worked as a pastry chef said she was dismissed because she is female.

While it can be worrisome to take the difficult step to seek compensation for workplace violations, it is important to understand that employers should not be allowed to take advantage of workers by failing to pay what they are owed based on the law. There are many ways in which employers mistreat employees. This should not be allowed to happen without protest. A law firm that understands employment law for employees as well as the perspective of the employer will have the experience to pursue one of these claims to fight for protection and compensation.

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