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A celebrity chef caught with his hand in the tip jar will be forking over a hefty payment to Manhattan restaurant workers — $5.25 million, to be exact.
That’s a lot of tips, to be sure.
The money will settle a years-long case waged by employees against celeb chef Mario Batali and his business partner.
The employees sued over what they described as an illegal practice of tip skimming at several restaurants associated with Batali, including his famous Greenwich Village establishment.
The lawsuit says that Batali’s New York eating establishments routinely pocketed 4% to 5% of the tips customers gave to servers for alcohol and wine sales.
A large class of former employees will be eligible for a slice of the pie — an estimated 1,100 people.
People who worked at the restaurants as captains, servers, waiters, bussers, runners, back waiters, bartenders and/or barbacks between July 22, 2004, and February 14, 2012, are eligible.
Lawyers for both sides agreed on the resolution of the matter.
(Employees will be offered the opportunity to opt out of the settlement, if they choose to do so.)
The amount that will be paid to each employee and former employee will be based on the number of hours they worked at one of the celebrity chef’s establishments.
Batali, with his business partner, Joseph Bastianich, are also known for Babbo, Bar Jamon and Del Posto restaurants.