Nonprofit Gets Leftover Funds From Mario Batali Wage Deal

Law360 (December 9, 2020, 5:01 PM EST) -- A workers' rights nonprofit can receive the leftovers of a $5.25 million settlement that resolved a wage and hour lawsuit from waitstaff at Mario Batali's New York City restaurants, a federal magistrate judge has ruled, rejecting the celebrity chef's argument that the organization was ineligible because it previously worked with class counsel.

In a ruling issued Tuesday in New York federal court, U.S. Magistrate Judge Stewart Aaron said Make the Road New York can receive roughly $46,000 that went unclaimed in the settlement that ended a 2010 class and collective action brought by waitstaff at Batali's restaurants. Judge Aaron said the...

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