Tip Skimming Allegation Leveled against Culinary Institute
This September 21st story from the New York Post discusses allegations that serious tip skimming took place at the Institute of Culinary Education. Joseph and Kirschenbaum’s Maimon Kirschenbaum – an attorney known throughout New York City for aggressively pursuing wage and hour violations against renowned restaurateurs, including (recently) Mario Batali – represents four waiters who used to work for the Institute.
According to the class action filed on behalf of the waiters, the Institute illegally retained a large percentage of gratuities the waiters got for working parties at high profile locations, such as Google and MTV parties and parties for Ernest & Young, a large accounting firm. The suit – filed in Manhattan Federal Court – said that “waiters got less than half of the 20% mandatory surcharge” for their work at these cooking demonstrations. Attorney Kirschenbaum was quoted in the article: “They [the waiters] worked hard to give customers the best possible experience… it’s mind-boggling that the Institute would retain a part of their tips.”