Iron Chef Morimoto Sued for Tip Skimming

Masaharu Morimoto and his upscale New York restaurant Morimoto were sued by a barback in a class action lawsuit for cheating the restaurant’s workers out of tips. The case against Morimoto contains three main allegations.  First, the lawsuit claims that … Continued

Waiterpay.com Getting National Attention

Waiterpay.com has received national attention since its launch on September 20, 2010.  The site, which focuses on wage and hour issues in the New York restaurant industry, was featured in NBC, Newsday, The Village Voice, and other blogs.  Waiterpay is … Continued

Iron Chef Mario Batali Served with Tip Skimming Lawsuit

The recent lawsuit against Iron Chef Mario Batali’s restaurants Babbo, Bar Jamon, Casa Moni, Otto Enoteca, and Tarry Lodge underscores the rampant wage and hour abuses in New York restaurants.  Share

Hooters Sued by Waitress for Weight Discrimination

A former “Hooters Girl” filed a lawsuit claiming that the Hooters restaurant she worked at discriminated against her based on her weight.  At 5’8” and 132 pounds, Cassandra Smith was allegedly told by supervisors at the Roseville, Michigan Hooters to … Continued

Japanese Restaurant Worker Dies From Too Much Overtime

The UK Telegraph ran a story earlier this year that a Japanese court ruled that Nihonkai Shoya, a major Japanese restaurant chain, was required to pay the family of a worker 78.63 million yen (over $900,000) in damages because they … Continued

Hours Worked

You should be paid for any time you are required to be in the restaurant. Share

Deductions

Your restaurant cannot charge you for customer walkouts or breakage. Share

Minimum Wage

Your restaurant must pay you a minimum wage of at least $8.00 per hour, or at least $5.00 per hour (effective January 1, 2011) if it takes a “tip credit.” Share