An individual formerly employed as a pastry chef by Pierre’s of Bridgehampton has sued the restaurant’s operating company and owner to recover allegedly unpaid overtime wages.
The plaintiff claims she worked for defendant LVEB, LLC from 2005 through September 2017 preparing baked goods and pastries. According to the complaint, the plaintiff worked six or seven days per week, totaling, during slower times of the year, between 42 and 56 work hours per week. During the busy holiday and summer months, the plaintiff says she typically put in between 60 to 73.5 hours per week. For the last two years of her employment, the woman claims she worked only five days per week, hitting between 40 and 45 hours of work time.
Per the lawsuit, the plaintiff was not paid time-and-a-half overtime wages for any hour she worked over 40 throughout the course of her employment. The lawsuit states the plaintiff received all of her wages in cash inside a sheet of paper with no breakdown as to how many hours she worked or her wage rates. Though the woman reportedly complained to the defendants about the alleged unpaid overtime, the individual defendant said she was not entitled to overtime because her wages came in cash without being taxed.
The suit rounds out in alleging that the defendants’ point-of-sale timekeeping system was set up in a way that employees’ work time would always be rounded by 15 minutes in the restaurant’s favor.