Gordon Ramsay will never be the recipient of a “Congeniality” award. His shows bring in viewers because he is, well, a prick. He took a note from Simon Cowell and decided that being straight-up evil would be his shtick. And it seems to work for him, until now, that is.
Ramsay now finds himself as the subject of a class-action law suit, spearheaded by several former employees of his restaurant Fat Cow.
Papers were filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, June 13 by four former Fat Cow employees. Fat Cow is a restaurant at the famous Grove complex in LA. The lawsuit is targeting Gordon Ramsay Los Angeles LP, the Fat Cow LLC, and FCLA LP. Jennifer Becerra, Montinique Dever, Andrea Bourke, and Lauren Benge, the plaintiffs, are claiming that the restaurant deprived them of minimum hourly wages and qualifying overtime pay, didn’t pay them according to the agreed-upon pay schedule, refused break times for meals and rest, and several other charges.
The plaintiffs state that these actions were done “maliciously, fraudulently, and oppressively, with the wrongful intention of injuring Plaintiffs … and/or in conscious disregard for their rights.”
The plaintiffs are requesting that there be a jury trial, and they are seeking compensation that exceeds $25,000.
Yahoo! TV tried to make contact with Ramsay in August 2012, a representative for Ramsay did admit that the young eatery had some issues, but that they were being addressed and rectified.
"We are aware there was a problem with previous management which has since been changed, but this is totally unacceptable if any truth to it," Ramsay’s rep said.
Ramsay’s website says Fat Cow was: “named as a nod to the animal that offers much of our daily diet, but we don’t often appreciate.” Apparently, he holds cows in higher regard than his employees!
The plaintiff’s attorneys have not yet responded to requests for comments.