HomeTVAll My ChildrenMore Than He Could ‘Chew': Mario Batali Settles Lawsuit Over Alleged Confiscated Tips at Restaurants; Will Pay Workers $5.25 Million! Jamey Giddens March 9, 2012 All My Children, General Hospital, One Life to Live, The Chew 4 Comments 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? Photo by PR Photos 4 Responses TV Gord March 10, 2012 Knob. Log in to Reply hey mon March 10, 2012 He don’t look like he needs the money. Log in to Reply alstonboy4315 March 10, 2012 What a pig! He’s fake, insincere, boring and in desperate need of a new job because his current job sucks!!! Pull the plug, ABC!!!! Log in to Reply dellygrim March 12, 2012 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. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.