The Brooklyn Eagle reports that lawyers for George Haritopoulos, a former Park Plaza Diner employee, have filed a class action lawsuit against the eatery. The suit claims that Haritopoulos and other workers have not been paid the minimum hourly wages mandated by Federal ($2.13) and New York State ($4.65) law.
Brooklyn Eagle: Haritopoulos, an immigrant from Greece in his 50s who lives alone in Astoria, worked at Park Plaza for seven years before losing his job after he mistakenly failed to charge a customer for a $5 garden salad, Schaffer said.
“He was ok working there,” Schaffer said, saying that Haritopoulos did earn roughly minimum wage with his tips included. After losing his job, “he found out that he was being flat-out cheated,” Schaffer said. Similar allegations against the Park Plaza owners were made in a 2005 lawsuit filed by employees of the Likourentzos’ Sheepshead Bay restaurant, the Bay Plaza Seafood House, after the restaurant closed. That lawsuit concluded with a confidential settlement.