The owners and operators of New York City Italian restaurant Bocca have been named in a proposed collective action filed by a former pizza maker seeking unpaid wages. The man claims he worked between 50 and 60 hours per week throughout his employment without receiving proper time-and-a-half overtime wages for hours worked over 40 per week or spread-of-hours wages when he worked more than 10 hours in one shift. He further alleges that he wasn’t paid at least the hourly minimum rate for each hour worked because the defendants regularly required him to continue working after his shifts were over without paying him for the extra time, the lawsuit says.
Furthermore, the complaint argues that the defendants went so far as to alter the plaintiff’s time records and provide him with wage statements that didn’t accurately reflect his hours worked. He also claims he is owed reimbursement for purchasing kitchen shoes required to perform his duties.