A proposed collective action alleging labor law violations has been filed against the companies and individuals who operate two German restaurants under the name Black Forest Brooklyn. The four named plaintiffs in the case say they worked in various positions at the defendants’ restaurants, including as food preparers, cooks, a supervisor, and a sous chef. According to the suit, the defendants didn’t pay employees proper minimum, overtime, and spread-of-hours wages as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York state law. The plaintiffs claim they were not paid at all for some of the hours they worked and never received extra pay for the time they put in beyond 40 hours per week or 10 hours per day.
Adding to the alleged wage violations, one of the plaintiffs claims the defendants illegally deducted $120 from his last paycheck, and several of the workers argue that they were required to purchase uniforms or equipment without being reimbursed for these business-related expenses.
Furthermore, the case alleges employees were not provided with proper meal and rest breaks, accurate wage statements, or posted notices informing them of their employment rights under state and federal law.