Le Cirque Hit With ‘Cater Waiter’ Lawsuit

January 8, 2009
New York Magazine

© New York Magazine. Author Erica Orden.

Lawyer Maimon Kirschenbaum is the scourge of restaurateurs, having brought cases against Nobu, Jean Georges, B.B. King, Heartland, Balthazar (all of which have ended in settlements) as well as Bouley and others which haven't yet been resolved, for paying managers and other staff out of waiters' tip pools. Now he's found a new set of clients: cater waiters...

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"This lawsuit is just another example of the drive-by litigation sweeping the nation: Shoot first, ask questions later," says Boathouse lawyer Carolyn Richmond, who asserts that her client has paid all wages owed to its servers. A spokesperson for Le Cirque said the lawsuit had just been brought to her attention and the restaurant did not yet have a response.