More Than He Could ‘Chew': Mario Batali Settles Lawsuit Over Alleged Confiscated Tips at Restaurants; Will Pay Workers $5.25 Million!


The Chew co-host Mario Batali's pockets are about to get a little lighter. According to the Associated Press, Batali and his business partner Joseph Bastianich have agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle a lawsuit filed against Batali and Bastianich, alleging they confiscated a portion of their restaurant workers' tips.

The suit, filed in 2010, claimed Batali and Bastianich's restaurants had a policy of deducting 4 to 5 percent from the tip pool at the end of each night. For this kinda tawdry, tacky madness, we lost Erica Kane?

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    Disgusting! I’m sure wait staff at these restaurants make a pretty decent living but to steal your employees tips is so low. I hope word spreads about this. Servers have flexible and varied hours, many are home in the mid afternoon. I hope any watching him will stop.

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