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Turkish chef Nusr-et Gökçe, better known as Salt Bae, has given a lot to talk about in recent days, not only because of the exorbitant prices in his restaurants or because of mouth-feeding a high-ranking Vietnamese official, but also because has a new demand for two former Hispanic employees.
The plaintiffs claim to have suffered discrimination at the Nusr-et Steakhouse restaurant in New York. According to the New York Post, separate lawsuits against the Salt Bae company were filed last week in the Manhattan Supreme Court by Peruvian bartender Angelo Maher and Dominican-born waitress Elizabeth Cruz.
Among the waiter’s accusations are the allocation of less lucrative tables, withdrawal of tips and mistreatment. For her part, the waitress reports having been sexualized and she was instructed to change her uniform for “a short skirt, high heels, and a revealing blouse“.
Maher points out that unlike Turkish employees you were not informed about tips and are sometimes forced to forgo themEspecially when attending famous friends from Salt Bae.
The Peruvian indicates that when he expressed his disagreement in Human Resources, there was retaliation, mistreatment by his Turkish colleagues and even got slapped from the manager.
The Peruvian waiter says that made him pay out of pocket to cover errors in ordersThis was not the case with Turkish waiters, who were protected by management even when they performed poorly or misbehaved.
The former Salt Bae employee also claims he was pressured to lie to diners. Like when you were asked if the meat was Halal and you were told to affirm them, even when it wasn’t.
The waiter was hired in 2017 and fired in 2020 amid closures due to the coronavirus pandemic and was not rehired.
Elizabeth Cruz, hired as a waitress in 2019, claims that she was sexualized at the Salt Bae restaurant, pointing out that unlike the Turkish workers, she was ordered to change her uniform to dress in a “revealing” way.
Cruz relates that the manager told him: “My wife is Dominican, I know what you women are like.” After a few weeks of being forced to wear degrading outfits, she asked the manager to wear the uniform and was fired a few days later.
Previously, Salt Bae had already received lawsuits from workers accusing punishment with tips and overtime pay.
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