Mario Batali Gets Waitstaff Wage Action Off Plate For $5M

Law360, New York (March 6, 2012, 5:03 PM EST) -- Celebrity chef Mario Batali has reached a $5.25 million class action settlement with waitstaff at his New York City restaurants, ending a suit accusing him of skimming a share of alcohol sales from the tip pool and other wage-and-hour violations, according to documents filed Monday.

The settlement in New York federal court covers all captains, servers, waiters, bussers, runners, backwaiters, bartenders and barbacks who work or worked at restaurants Babbo, Bar Jamon, Casa Mono, Del Posto, Esca, Lupa, Otto or Tarry Lodge between July 2004 and February 2012.

"The proposed settlement resolves plaintiffs' claims on a classwide basis and satisfies all...

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