Brooklyn pizzeria, Grimaldi’s has been served with a wage theft lawsuit by one of the cooks who made its famous thin crust pies. The pizzeria, perennially named on lists having the best pizza in New York and the best pizza in America, has been accused of violating the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the New York Labor Law and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
According to the lawsuit, the Brooklyn pizzeria paid Nery Sosa, a kitchen worker, a weekly salary of $600 even though he worked as many as eighty-four hours per week. As Sosa was on a salary, Grimaldi’s failed to pay him overtime at one and a half times his regular rate of pay for hours he worked in excess of forty per work week. Grimaldi’s also did not pay Sosa spread of hours pay, when Sosa’s daily shift spanned for more than ten hours.
The lawsuit seeks to recover unpaid wages, overtime compensation, spread-of-hours pay, liquidated damagesand attorneys’ fees.