The Biggest Scandals Of The Food Network

He Ripped Off His Employees, Too

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On top of the harassment allegations against Batali, he was also sued by his former employees in 2010 for issues regarding tipping. A total of 117 people from his different restaurants were involved in the lawsuit, which claimed that Batali would steal four to five percent of tips in order to pay the restaurants’ sommeliers when they should have gone to the servers.

The lawsuit went on for years until a settlement was reached in 2012. Batali paid $5.25 million to those named on the lawsuit as well as any employee who had been a victim of his scheme.