Two former employees of New York City’s Nello claim in a proposed collective action that the Italian restaurant’s owners and operators have failed to adhere to state and federal labor laws. The first named plaintiff says he worked between 69 and 78 hours per week for the defendants as a dishwasher and pasta cook without receiving proper minimum, overtime, and spread-of-hours wages. Even further, he claims he wasn’t paid any wages at all for approximately six weeks of work and was frequently required to work past the end of his scheduled shifts for several additional hours without receiving any extra compensation. According to the complaint, the man was also never reimbursed for spending his own funds on clothing items that he was required to wear at work.
The second plaintiff – a dessert preparer – claims that both she and the first plaintiff were never provided with proper meal breaks, accurate wage statements, or posted notices informing them of their employment rights.