Restaurant Forced to Pay Server $127,000 For Unpaid Wages
In his Opinion, Judge Chin held that not only was Florio’s Restaurant liable for damages, but that its managers were as well. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), “employers” are liable for their violations of labor laws. In Lanzetta, the court found that both of Florio’s managers held enough power and control to be considered “employers” under the law and therefore subjected them to personal liability for their wage and hour violations.
Little Italy restaurants are part of the wave of lawsuits against restaurants in Manhattan which make the complaint that restaurant worker rights are being violated under the FLSA and New York Labor Law. SPQR is another popular Little Italy restaurant that was recently sued by waiters, bus boys, and bartenders. The SPQR lawsuit alleges wage theft of tips by managers and unpaid overtime under the FLSA and the local labor Law.