Hip East Village Indian restaurant Babu Ji is in hot water again with a new wage lawsuit. Frequent suer-of-restaurants attorney Maimon Kirschenbaum filed yet another class action suit against owners Jessi and Jennifer Singh at the end of last month, alleging that the husband-wife team pocketed all the tips and paid staff under minimum wage. The accusations are virtually identical to a previous lawsuit that he filed against Babu Ji, a case that was recently settled for $95,000.
Employees Rakesh Raju and Benson D’Silva claim they regularly worked more than 40 hours a week and were paid a flat rate of $600, regardless of the time worked. They also say that the Singhs took all of the credit card and cash tips that diners left behind. No specific amount for the damages has been determined yet, but they want payment for unpaid overtime wages, attorney’s fees, and more. See the full complaint here.
Kirschenbaum’s known for lobbying labor lawsuits against restaurants, including the Batali Empire, Le Bernardin, and '21' Club. Although he frequently asks for a jury trial, most of the defendants settle out of court. Singh did not immediately respond to request for comment.