And here I was worried I didn’t have a story for this morning.
The famed chef had a class action lawsuit thrown his way Thursday when current and former employees of his Fat Cow restaurant filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court claiming failure to pay minimum wage for hours worked, failure to provide meal periods, failure to pay overtime wages and more, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
Jennifer Becerra, Montinique Dever, Andrea Bourke and Lauren Benge stand as the plaintiffs who filed on behalf of themselves and all hourly, non-exempt current and former employees.
“During the Class Period, Defendants have: (1) required Class Members to work through their meal and rest periods without paying compensation for missed meal and rest breaks; (2) failed to pay Class Members minimum wages for all hours worked; (3) failed to pay Class Members premium compensation for all overtime hours worked; (4) failed to pay Class Members all wages due at termination and/or resignation,” the documents state.
“(5) failed to maintain and provide Class Members with proper documentation concerning their hours worked and their compensation; (6) converted the property of the Class Members; and (7) committed unfair business practices in an effort to increase profits and to gain an unfair business advantages at the expense of the Class Members and the public.”
Oh, and it gets worse because…this isn’t the first time The Fat Cow been sued this year:
In April, Ramsay faced two separate lawsuits over unpaid bills, one from his accountants in New York over an outstanding $75,000 invoice and another from the company he hired to renovate the Fat Cow, which claims it is owed $45,000.
I mean damn. The restaurant’s been only open a year.
I can’t comment on the merits of either case, both of ’em could lose, both of them could be tossed out of court. Whatever. But neither of these seem like “Oh, let’s chisel big TV Star Gordon Ramsay out of some moolah”. I don’t think either these are nuisance suits. These are both actually aggrieved parties seeking relief.
Hat tip to Eater LA, where I first read about this.