Celebrity Chef’s Restaurant Not Protected From Wage And Hour Class Action
Even celebrities should be mindful of California’s wage and hour laws. Gordon Ramsay, well-known restaurateur and outspoken television personality, is learning the hard way as his restaurant Fat Cow located at the Grove shopping center in Los Angeles was sued for wage and hour violations.
Two former employees filed a class action lawsuit against Chef Ramsay’s restaurant – Fat Cow – alleging claims for failure to pay minimum wages, failure to pay overtime wages, failure to provide meal and rest periods or compensation in lieu thereof, failure to provide accurate itemized wage statements, failure to pay all wages due upon separation of employment and for violation of the unfair competition law. The class will likely include servers and baristas that were employed by Fat Cow in California from at least 2012 and 2013.
Chef Ramsay’s attorneys claim these issues originated from previous management. However, relying on that defense would only place Chef Ramsay in further hot water as California law confirms that employers have a duty to comply with wage and hour requirements.