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[POLL]: Accusations Against Caterers

What do you think of the string of suits taken against big name caterers by employees?

taken against catering halls by former employees. Two former waitresses are accusing the popular catering hall of withholding tips from as many as 60 current and former staff members over the course of eight years.

Part of the outcry involving , in addition to claims of . These suits extend out of the Woodbury borders across the north shore, with allegations against Jericho Terrace, Westbury Manor, Crest Hollow Country Club, and most recently, G.

What do you think of this trend? Do you think it is coincidence that these suits are being filed? Do you believe this is common practice? Vote in the poll below and tell us your thoughts in the comments.

Michael March 17, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Not to mention the 'honesty' of these attorneys, and the opportunity of unearned money from these upstanding waiters.
James Rotenberg March 17, 2012 at 06:17 PM
This problem is everywhere and has existed for a long time. Almost 50 years ago, I worked at the El Patio Beach Club in Atlantic Beach and at the Malibu Beach Club in Lido Beach as a cabana boy. We were paid minimum wages but had to repay the wages back in cash to some sleazy "old" guy named "Dusty" who was the head cabana "boy." He never did a thing and I never knew where the money went. But I did make a lot of money on tips. Interestingly, several years later I was surprised to receive a check for back wages from the NYS Dept of Labor. I assumed Dusty was busted. I also worked a few years later in the Borscht Belt at Hotel Mathes for a couple. Same story.
Michael March 17, 2012 at 06:38 PM
To clarify how it works now James, waiters services for banquets are usually on a hourly basis, the rate is anywhere from $10-$20 per hour. The caterers charge a service fee for payroll and overhead. The courts in their not so infinite wisdom have declared that the service charge could be misconstrued as a 'gratuity', unless notified in writing on the clients invoice. Then they made the ruling retroactive, and all the labor lawyers went rabid, like sharks in a feeding frenzy! Many caterers have been proactive since the 2008 ruling, but with a 6 year statue of limitations, it could spell the end of many caterers on LI, and all the jobs that come with it.
Michael March 17, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Oh, and the sleezy handlers like Dusty are gone, replaced with sleezy ambulance chasers.
margret hollender March 18, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Hes such a nice boy. scott would never ever bring shrimp in the temple

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