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2013
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World’s Highest Paid Celebrity Chef Apparently Can’t Afford to Pay Overtime, Give Lunch Breaks

Ramsay prepares to demonstrate his wage chopping technique...

Ramsay prepares to demonstrate his wage chopping technique…


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Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay is being sued for alleged labor violations at his Los Angeles restaurant, The Fat Cow. The class action lawsuit is being brought by current and former employees who say they were not compensated for overtime hours and were forced to work through meal breaks.  

The four main figures in the lawsuit — Jennifer Becerra, Montinique Dever, Andrea Bourke and Lauren Benge — were mostly employed as servers and baristas between 2012 and March 2013. They now seek a jury trial to determine the financial outcome.   It is filed as a class action and will pertain to all hourly, non-exempt current and former employees of The Fat Cow.  A rundown of the complaints comes via RadarOnline:

“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.”In response to the charges a spokesperson for Ramsay said,

We are aware there was a problem with previous management which has since been changed, but this is totally unacceptable if any truth to it.”

In 2012, Forbes named Ramsay the world’s highest paid celebrity chef.

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