MasterChef Explains Tip Redistribution Accusation
If you recall ... the culinary God is being sued by former Graham Elliot Restaurant employee Gregory Curtis, who alleges that Elliot was skimming tips from waiters and giving it to the kitchen staff ... which would be a violation of federal law.
But in a response filed earlier this month, Elliot claims the suit is BS. While he does admit he DID take tip money and pool it for other staff members -- bartenders, bussers, and food runners -- he is adamant ... under federal labor laws, it was totally legit.
Elliot now wants the judge to throw out the suit completely and force Curtis to cover his legal fees as well. more on this story
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