Celebrity Chef Can't Dodge FLSA Suit Over 'Side Work' Pay
By Matthew Heller
Law360, New York (April 26, 2013, 3:18 PM ET) -- A New York federal judge on Thursday denied a bid by celebrity chef Daniel Boulud to escape a claim alleging tipped restaurant employees are being underpaid for performing nontipped tasks, finding the issues were “too complicated” to be resolved early in the litigation.
Boulud and his Dinex Group LLC had urged U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein to throw out the Fair Labor Standards Act claim, which is part of a proposed class action filed in August. Named plaintiff Graciela Roman, a former busser at two...