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Beatrice Inn Restaurant Sued for Unpaid Wages

The Beatrice Inn , a critically acclaimed high end “chop house” restaurant located in New York City, has just been hit with a class action lawsuit in order to help recover owed wages. The lawsuit alleges that the Beatrice Inn owes its employees minimum wages, overtime compensation, misappropriated tips, and other damages. Affected workers include captains, bartenders, barbacks, and other similarly situated non-managerial employees, commonly referred to as “tipped workers”.  Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP, the employment law firm handling the ...

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Haru Sushi Locations Hit with Wage Lawsuit

The acclaimed chain Haru restaurants of New York have landed themselves in a bit of hot water after a recent wage lawsuit claims they have been paying tipped workers less than the full minimum wage in conjunction with other pay issues. These wage claims violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the New York Labor Law (“NYLL”), federal and state laws, designed to protect worker rights. Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP filed this class action lawsuit yesterday which intends ...

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NY Construction Workers to Receive $1.2 M in Unpaid Wages

Nearly 400 hard working New Yorkers in the construction industry are set to receive unpaid wages totaling over $1.2 million discovered through investigations started on January 1st of this year. Through a partnered effort between the District attorneys of all NYC, Westchester and Nassau Counties, this investigation has resulted in numerous indictments across several jurisdictions with nearly $700,000 already returned to affected workers. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for a crackdown in the industry was in response to ...

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An Update on DOL Overtime Regulations

In May of last year the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it would increase the threshold salary requirements in determining whether an employee is exempt from receiving overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The DOL’s final rule affected professional, administrative and executive employees by dramatically increasing the threshold salary from $455per week to $913 per week. It also bumped the salary threshold for exempt highly compensated individuals from $100,000 to $122,148.

This change in overtime regulations caused ...

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Boca Juniors Steakhouse Sued for Unpaid Wages

Boca Juniors, the well known Argentine restaurant in Queens, New York which caters to soccer fanatics and steakhouse enthusiasts, has been sued by a former employee. A lawsuit was filed on August 31, 2017, by Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP on behalf of a former back of the house employee. The former kitchen worker is seeking unpaid overtime compensation, unpaid spread of hours pay, and other damages.

The lawsuit alleges that Boca Juniors Steakhouse and its owners instituted many policies and practices ...

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Nick’s Pizzabar Sued for Unpaid Wages

On Monday, March 13, 2017, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP filed a class action lawsuit against Nick’s Pizzabar for unpaid wages. Nick’s Pizzabar, which is under the same management as other well known NYC restaurants such as Harry’s Café and Steak, Pier A Harbor House, Harry’s Italian, Adrienne’s Pizzabar, Ulysses’ Folk House, Bathtub Gin, The Dead Rabbit, Le District, The Growler, and Vintry Wine & Whiskey, has failed to properly compensate its former and current delivery workers. This lawsuit seeks to ...

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Construction Companies Frequently Fail to Pay Laborers Overtime

Laborers for construction companies are frequently paid improperly at the hand of their employers. They are often salaried or paid a day-rate which as argued by a recent lawsuit against Magnetic Contracting Corp. and City Metro Corp., would entitle them to receive overtime pay when working over 40 hours per week. Magnetic Contracting Corp., a commercial and residential construction company operating throughout the greater New York City area, was hit with a class action Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and ...

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NY Legislators to Curb Misuse of Non-Compete Agreements

Dealing with a termination can be a difficult task, but when coupled with restrictions set forth by your previous employer stopping you from working for another company, it can be an absolute nightmare. Many workers are often faced with this scenario after having signed a non-compete agreement at the beginning of their employment. The agreement takes effect after the employer-employee relationship has ended, and usually prohibits former employees from working for a competitor for a period of time ...

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Star Nissan Auto Group Sued for Unpaid Wages

Car dealerships are a commonplace for negotiating deals, however, over the last couple of years sales representatives have been realizing they might actually be the ones getting the short end of those transactions. Two former sales representatives at Star Nissan Autogroup, one of the largest privately owned car dealerships of the NY metropolitan area, have brought a lawsuit against the company to try and remedy violations that they allege include failing to pay minimum wage, overtime, agreed upon wages, unlawful ...

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Car Dealerships Plagued with Wage Violations

Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP is investigating claims against New York car dealerships. After successfully resolving a multi-million dollar unpaid wage case against The Major Automotive Companies, one of New York’s largest dealerships, our firm has found that the car dealership industry is riddled with many of the same violations. These wage violations deprive sales representatives of lawfully earned commissions and wages.

Many sales representatives for car dealerships often work long hours and are underpaid. For instance, dealerships often fail to provide ...

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