Lawsuit Targets Celebrity's Restaurants

NEW YORK (AP) - A new lawsuit accuses some of celebrity chef
Bobby Flay's restaurants of cheating workers.

The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court by current and
former employees, names as a defendant Bold Food LLC. The company
owns or operates Bar Americain and Mesa Grill NYC in Manhattan.
Other restaurants are in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

The lawsuit claims Flay's company violated the wage and hour
laws by engaging in improper tip-pooling practices. It also says
the company failed to pay proper overtime pay and failed to
reimburse employees for some expenses.

A spokesman for Flay and the restaurants did not immediately
return a telephone message for comment on Friday.

It's one of a string of similar lawsuits filed on behalf of
employees of New York restaurants.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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