Omnivore - Colicchio and Craft go to court

Former Craftbar employee takes Tom Colicchio to court.

Tom Colicchio, Top Chef judge and owner of Craft restaurants, is battling the courts for allegedly violating the federal Fair Labors Act and the New York Labor Law by withholding tips from servers, ignoring overtime compensation for hourly employees, and refusing to pay the standard minimum wage.

The suit was filed by former Craftbar service worker, Nessa Rapone, taking the case against Mr. Colicchio and Craft Worldwide Holdings straight to federal court. Rapone states that in addition to unfair employee treatment at Craftbar, she was quickly terminated in response to her complaint in May 2007. More details about the case in this article from International Business Times.