Tip Sheet: Tim and Nina Zagat’s Guide to Restaurant Class ActionsDecember 16, 2010 – In The News
Maimon Kirschenbaum, name partner at employment plaintiffs firm Joseph, Herzfeld, Hester & Kirschenbaum, has developed a popular reputation in the restaurant industry by suing some of New York’s most famous restaurants on behalf of employees in wage-and-hour disputes. “I have not seen somebody rise as quickly as Kirschenbaum as far as building a practice and a name for himself,” says Carolyn Richmond. “He found a niche. He dug in his heels and certainly found a little area.”
With the New York Department of Labor's new Hospitality Wage Order effective Jan. 1, however, Richmond says she’s unsure how long Kirschenbaum’s niche will last. Kirschenbaum’s rise mirrors the rise of celebrity food culture, she says. The new Hospitality Wage Order will, among other things, change the rules governing tip-pooling.
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