Wage and Hour Violation Lawsuit against Mario Batali Drums up a Lot of Press

Many mainstream publications report on a classic restaurant wage and hour violations case involving Mario Batali (famous for starring in Molto Mario and Iron Chef America).

According to the plaintiffs (represented by Joseph & Kirschenbaum), Batali and his co-owner, Joseph Bastianich, underpaid their workers, illegally skimmed tips from waitstaff, and compelled staff to work more than 10 hours a day (and more than 40 hours a week) in violation of the law. Workers claim that they had to split their tips with management based on the amount of wine they sold every evening at Batali's Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca.

See the articles for the testy air being generated by both sides in this case.

Wall St. Journal

New York Post

New York Daily News