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Maroni Restaurant Settles Cook’s Overtime Pay Lawsuit for $110k

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Renowned Long Island restaurant, Maroni Cuisine, has agreed to pay $110,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that the restaurant did not pay a cook overtime pay, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the New York Labor Law (“NYLL”).  Maroni, notable for its exceptional meatballs, was voted the second best restaurant on Long Island by Zagat, and was also featured on “Throwdown with Bobby Flay.”

The cook who brought the lawsuit alleged that he was required to work approximately fifty-two hours per week, and was misclassified as an exempt employee and paid a weekly salary contrary to the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law.  The FLSA and NYLL provide that only employees who fit within the administrative, executive, or professional exemption qualify as exempt from the overtime laws, and all other employees must be paid overtime pay for hours worked over forty.

Vivianna Morales, an attorney with Pechman Law Group, was the lead attorney on behalf of the worker at Maroni.

Cook at San Pietro Restaurant Sues for Overtime

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A cook who worked at San Pietro Restaurant in New York has made a claim in a federal court lawsuit that the restaurant failed to pay him overtime.

The case, Pacheco v. San Pietro Restaurant, 11 Civ. 8441, filed on November 21 in federal court in the Southern District of New York, alleges that Jorge Pacheco worked approximately 55 hours per week for a salary of $750, and then $800 per week.  According to the attorney for the worker, no wage statements were provided and the cook did not receive time and one half for all hours worked in excess of forty hours in a week.

Overtime pay after forty hours worked is a requirement under both the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the New York Labor Law.  The lawsuit was filed by the attorneys for Pacheco as a collective action seeking to represent all employees of San Pietro who did not receive overtime pay in the last three years.