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Wolfgang Puck's Catering Company Sued for Stealing Tips

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Chef and smurf voice actor Wolfgang Puck's catering company was slapped with a class action lawsuit, claiming that he owed his employees "hundreds of thousands in unpaid gratuity" going back to 2008. According to the New York Post, the suit, which was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, says the company charged venues including Irving Plaza and the Gramercy Theatre with a 22 percent service fee but didn't pass along the tips to servers and bartenders. Not entirely legal, according to state and federal law.

This year has been tough for the Austrian-born chef's legal team. Just three months ago a woman sued Puck after a waitress at his DC restaurant The Source allegedly hit her with a water pitcher.

· Wolfgang Puck catering firm slammed for skimming tips: suit [NYP]
· All Wolfgang Puck Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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