Uncle Paul’s Pizza & Cafe Inc., NN Pizza Corp., and six individual owners are facing a former employee’s claims that the parties failed to adhere to state and federal labor laws. The defendants operate two New York City restaurants under the names Uncle Paul’s Pizza and Pizza Factory, at which the plaintiff says he split time as a cook between October 2015 and May 2018. According to the suit, despite working at least 40 hours per week, and sometimes as many as 67.5 to 75.5, the man claims he was only paid wages for his first 40 hours of weekly work. He alleges the defendants failed to keep an accurate record of his hours worked and, in addition to denying him at least minimum wage for each hour, failed pay him premium overtime wages and state-mandated spread-of-hours pay.
The case further claims that although the defendants allowed the plaintiff to take required meal breaks, he was constantly interrupted and forced to work instead. He also insists that his employers should have reimbursed him for purchasing the shoes, shirts, and pants he was required to wear for his job.