Amy's Baking Co. Makes Employees Sign a Crazy Contract
There's a $250 penalty for not showing up to work on holidays and weekends (which is mandatory).
There is a rule against "unnecessary talking." If you break something or burn food "due to direct negligence," expense "will be taken from your pay check at ABC's cost."
Also you cannot have "any type of attitude."
More from the 20-item "mutual agreement" inside thread -
Signatories of the 20-item "mutual agreement" agree to the following ([sic] to everything, where applicable):
1). No Cell Phones allowed while working.
2). No outside Food or Beverages may be brought inside ABC.
3). If you fail to show up for your scheduled shift we may penalize you monetarily.
4). When you show up for work you must be dressed appropriately, and properly covered. And you must be ready to work with your hair pulled back, and hands washed by no later than 5minutes before your scheduled shift begins.
5). Any type of attitude will result in immediate termination.
6). You must leave the premise immediately after your scheduled shift, and no family or friends may come to see you while working.
7). You must remain in your designated working area.
8). No purses or bags are allowed inside ABC, (exceptions may be made) however upon leaving a designated employee of ABC has the legal right and consent to inspect any and all packages that you may have brought with you.
9). At no point is any food or any type of open beverage allowed in the kitchen. This is a direct Health Code Violation.
10). ABC has multiple security cameras and any type of theft will be punished by the fullest extent of the Law.
11). No visiting or unnecessary talking is allowed during your work shift. This causes distractions and results in loss of product. Any may result in possible harm to you, or to others.
12). Workers must keep their hair pulled back in a bun and no facial hair is allowed (unless for religious beliefs).
13). Any product such as food or plates that are broken or burned due to direct negligence will be taken from your pay check at ABC's cost.
14). Respect and distance must be given to all fellow employees. No harassment or bulling of any type will be tolerated and will be cause for immediate termination. If such an event happens you must report the incident immediately to Samy or Amy Bouzaglo.
15) You must treat the equipment and all property of ABC with respect .Equipment should be cleaned and maintained nightly as part of your scheduled shifts responsibilities.
16) Holidays and Weekends are Mandatory, by signing this contract you are accepting that you will be required to work all Holidays, and Weekends. Due to the nature of our Industry this is a necessity and any No-Show will be monetarily penalized with a fee of $250.00.
17) The recipes and techniques that have been developed by Amy at ABC are exclusive and shall remain confidential. Any removal of recipes will be considered theft.
18) You must possess a current Maricopa County Food Handlers Card.
19) The wait staff understands that any and all "tips" are property of the "house." By signing this contract, you agree that you willingly accept a payment of $8.00 to $12.00 per hour to ensure that you will receive some type of payment. Due to the volatile nature of any retail business we are unable to predict when we will have buissness.By signing this contact you agree that you are willfully accepting a payment of $___ per hour instead of tips.
20) It takes a great deal of time, energy and patience on the part of Samy & Amy (the owners) to train and teach our employees. We are investing in you as a new employee, and we are paying you to teach you. By signing this contract you are hereby accepting that you will be employed exclusively by ABC Amy's Baking Co. LLC. And shall not work for any competitor within a 50 mile radius of ABC within one year of temination or voluntary Resignation, without prior authorization from ABC. Amy's Baking Co LLC. Nor shall you be allowed to open your own business of the same type, within the above mentioned radius.
Some of these would be welcome where I work. People really seem to forget that they're on the job and not in their living room.
Typing on my work computer
R2 is right.
But it all stinks of "We think our employees are scum and we will never trust you."
[quote]And shall not work for any competitor within a 50 mile radius of ABC within one year of temination or voluntary Resignation
So if you're on the wait staff there at ABC,and decide to quit (or get sacked), you cannot get a job at another restaurant or bakery within 50 miles? That's bullshit.
[quote]17) The recipes and techniques that have been developed by Amy at ABC are exclusive and shall remain confidential.
The secret ingredient is tears.
Seriously, that list is so depressing, dehumanizing and demoralizing that it makes me want to watch Modern Times, read 1984 and listen to The Wall ALL AT ONCE.
from a recent HuffPo article:
[quote]Amy's Baking Company has had a rough go recently, and it may yet get worse: Sami Bouzaglo, one of the restaurant's owners, may be facing deportation.
[quote]According to a report in The Arizona Republic, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are investigating Bouzaglo, an Israeli citizen, regarding time he spent in prison prior to his immigrating to the United States. Bouzaglo's immigration lawyer did not disclose details of the case to the Republic, but the paper, citing a "high-ranking law enforcement source," reports that Bouzaglo's international record hints at involvement in "drug distribution, threats, and extortion."
[quote]t makes me want to watch Modern Times, read 1984 and listen to The Wall ALL AT ONCE.
I want you inside me.
How is this horseshit legal? And what kind of scum bags are Amy and Samy?
God, what maroons.
I've violated a non-compete agreement in Arizona and found that...happily...they're often unenforceable. Courts look at them on a case by case basis based on the circumstances of the parties involved. Amy's is so draconian that it's likely she'd lose.
In keeping with our wacked State Government, the Industrial Commission is stacked with Libertarian type labor hating political appointees, making the state a great place for loons like Amy's.
Go, U.S.A! Fuck the employee! Slaves had it too good.
Well, being a crap inhuman wage payer is one aspect shared by gay, straight and bi.
Have they not been investigated for money laundering? Someone had the theory that the husband could only control the register because he would (allegedly) just make up orders.
More than half of those are not legal and grounds for a serious lawsuit. Penalizing for not turning up on holidays? Please, that's laughable on the face of it.
They won't be in business within six months, and that's an extremely optimistic estimate.
We've been discussing the bizarre nature of these demands, but we haven't yet touched on the obvious question: would anyone ever agree to all this? Maybe to some of the harmless bits, but to all of it? I don't believe they will have any employees at all.
Taking the employees' tips is what raised my eyebrows. I leave tips for front line staff, not the greedy owners. And how about "no friends or family"? Isn't it good for a community business to have people drop by?
These people sound horrible...
I wonder how many fines Sami lays on Amy.
Please don't let him be....d'oh!
[quote]Also you cannot have "any type of attitude."
Not even a good attitude?
I'm not sure why I bring this up, as there is little danger of it actually happening.
I'm sure the teenaged waitresses can sign it and thumb their noses at them when it comes to enforcement because they appear to be under 18 years old. You can't sign a legally binding contract when you're under 18.
R2, LOL. That's nothing compared to the huge manual I got when I worked for Bellagio, typical of most casinos, in Vegas. How would you like these rules?
1) Even if you work "back of the house" no facial hair is allowed.
2) Tattoos on most jobs are verboten, even if they aren't visible. They'll usually make you take off your shirt to prove it. Male friends applied for a security job where they also inspected their teeth. They didn't get the job.
2) No berets or caps or hats ever, even if you work "back of the house."
3) Hope that no immediate family member dies, until you pass 3-month or 6-month probation. You will not ever be given a day off. Only 3 days are allowed if you are a "permanent employee." Tough luck if you have to go out-of-state for a funeral. Sometimes the casino will use "reduction in staff needs" for termination; everyone knows the real reason.
[quote] Workers must keep their hair pulled back in a bun and no facial hair is allowed (unless for religious beliefs).
Yeah, like they're gonna hire a male Muslim. I'll hold my breath until that happens.
They are trying to prevent not theft, but the recording of anything with all that no cellphone/no bags/inspect bags shit. They don't want to be all over youtube again.
[quote] Male friends applied for a security job where they also inspected their teeth. They didn't get the job.
What do teeth have to do with security jobs?
Can someone pull out the specific items that are illegal and explain why they are illegal?
Just some of the questions I've been repeatedly asked applying for work at very major companies:
1) What does your father do for a living? (A-He's been dead for many years.) What did he do when he was living? It doesn't matter that none of your family members ever worked or lived in this state. We still need to know the information we requested.
2) What do all of your siblings and their spouses do for a living? What are all of their home and work addresses and phone numbers? (A-We're not in contact. I wouldn't know.) Why aren't you in contact? What's the issue? Can't you find it out?
3) Why doesn't your sister have a phone? What's the matter with her? (A-I don't really know.) Why don't you contact her? Is your sister homeless?
4) What does you roommate do for a living? Where does he work? (A-We're platonic and haven't known each other that long. It's just a financial arrangement.) Why can't you give us the information?
Are you sure this isn't Melissa and Doug? It sounds like them
This contract was written on the advice of Sheldon Cooper.
R24, If their teeth were not in very good condition, they didn't get the job. Period. Same as if they had small tattoos that were easily covered up by their regulation long shirts.
R25, If there's competition for jobs, employers
can do whatever they wish. The only way one can sue is if they can afford a lawyer; I know I'd be a billionaire if that were the case.
R24, they probably don't allow grilles. Not that a grille would affect anyone's ability to do his job.
R27, Who are Melissa and Doug?
R31, Melissa & Doug steal designs from European toy makers, have them knocked off in Asia, and sell them to Yuppie/Hipster parents that want to feel they are buying "good" toys for their children instead of made in Asia crap. The joke is that it is just made in Asia crap made of wood.
R30, LOL, Grilles? Even at back-of-the house jobs there are restrictions on wearing perfume or cologne (must ask permission), color of nail polish (no red or bright pink,) piercings (one small earring, identical on each ear for females only, must be inspected and approved,) jewelry (generally not approved.)
Many jobs want very submissive, obedient workers who will never object to anything, no matter how illegal/immoral. I could tell you stories . . .
R33, Not quite. Many employer recognize that their employees represent the company. They want the employees to reflect the values of the company where ever they are because the moment an employee says say that he/she works for XXXX, he/she are representing the company. Back of house employees represent the company just as much as front of house employees.
What if someone has a happy, pleasant attitude?
R34, I basically agree. However I've known many that completely fake a "happy, pleasant attitude" on interviews and then really downgrade the company publicly after hours. I could tell you stories . . .
[quote]And how about "no friends or family"? Isn't it good for a community business to have people drop by?
No. I own a retail business and we have that rule, not written, but it is understood. You can't believe the number of employees (usually young) who think nothing of having their friends hang out in our store for their entire shift. I've had family members stop by and start arguments with my employees over some family drama. Controlling boyfriends hang around glowering at everyone.
I've had several customer complaints about inattentive employees due to their friends/family taking their attention away from their job.
Do they actually get people applying for jobs there? Only a someone mentally retarded would sign on to work with ABC, not fully understanding what they were signing on for. Then they'd get fined and fired for breaking a plate.
This is why unions were formed.
For all their "individualist" and "freedom" bluster, Americans are total slaves to their employers and just seem to take it lying down. I'm always amazed what US employers can get away with.
R38, With all jobs, it's a rule of supply and demand, and it depends on how many choices applicants have. Disneyland has always had an ultra-strict dress code and "moral clauses." They get tons of applicants from very, very conservative Orange County. I believe they even offer Bible study during the lunch hour.
In Vegas, if you break a plate they will charge you. They can also demand that you take an immediate drug test.
[quote] What does your father do for a living? (A-He's been dead for many years.) What did he do when he was living?
If I told you, I'd have to kill you.
R22, I work at the Bellagio. You are completely full of shit.
Who are these bizarros who are trying to say that if you break a plate you get charged in Vegas? Or that they look at your teeth? Look fraus, it's a corporation like any other. Some jobs have things that can be taken out of context, but it's due to the nature of the job. Visible tattoos on the floor, yes - but that's not a hiring restriction. Take off your shirt? Sure, because we want to get sued in two seconds. Piss off.
R43, I am not "full of shit" or lying. When were you hired? Hopefully they no longer ask these same questions I had to deal with on the written application. If you left the question blank, because you didn't know the answer, HR would repeatedly demand a thorough explanation.
When I applied for work at the Bellagio, under Mr. Steve Wynn, these were some of the questions I was asked on the written application. Hopefully it's changed since that time period. I've also been asked many of these same questions when working for other casinos, high level companies, and even law firms in both Los Angeles and in Vegas.
R43, By the way I have a near photographic memory and can still recall many of the far, far worse questions I was asked by the then head of HR. For example when relatives stayed at Bellagio, paid for by their out-of-state companies, I was interrogated on specific details of their behavior. The answer, "I don't know why they did that but it's not illegal," was never sufficient.
R43, Would you like to know some of very illegal questions the then head of HR Bellagio asked of me? You're lucky you didn't encounter what I did. I still have nightmares of what I went through.
R45 - "Mr. Steve Wynn." Wow, Wikipedia is certainly your friend. There's not a bus driver in Vegas who doesn't know who Steve Wynn is, so maybe you could name drop some others to sound like you actually work there. Enjoy your stay, tourist.
No one reads the stuff they are required to sign as a condition of hire, R38. My employees are always SHOCKED to find out that they agreed in writing not to steal, come in late, call off without coverage....you know, the things any employer can reasonably expect from someone they are paying to do a job. They never get unemployment because of it.
Can an employer really do the "we take it out of your pay" thing for every mistake you make? Isn't that why the employer has insurance?
That is interesting R47. Every time I have applied for a job, someone from the company goes over the conditions line by line. In some cases I was required to initial each condition to affirm that I had read it. Only my experience.
I suppose I should add that as anal retentive as the above may seem, I have never seen conditions such as the ones in the Amy's contract. The closest I can think of was a clause prohibiting employees from dating each other being married to each other. (Yup, if you got married one of you had to quit.)
[quote]Can an employer really do the "we take it out of your pay" thing for every mistake you make? Isn't that why the employer has insurance?
It probably varies state by state. I'm under the impression, however, that in most states, you cannot "take it out of the employee's pay" if it's the result of an accident. Deliberate malfeasance is something else, however. Proving that it was malfeasance and not an accident is another matter, IOW, a lawyer feeding frenzy.
Yes, we require them to initial each condition. They just initial them fast going down the page without even reading it. They just want to get it over with and start working. I'm not going to spoon feed them and go over it line by line, or explain in detail to people why they need to show up for their scheduled shifts or not steal from us. But they are usually quite shocked later when they don't get unemployment because they failed to follow the rules they agreed to as a condition of hire.
They aren't the only ones that have crazy contracts.
Actually, the very large, very well known international corporation I worked for had some crazy "rules" but they were never written down. You were just pulled into HR and read the riot act if you "violated" these "rules".
Basically, you can be bullied, pay docked, forced to work OT, denied vacation, denied funeral leave, etc as long as none of it was put in writing. They can say or do anything they want to you AS LONG AS YOUR MANAGER DOES NOT PUT HER THREATS/HARASSMENT IN WRITING.
R52, any rules against recording meetings, because I would be hitting the record button on my cell phone before entering any meeting.
Technically, it's illegal (Watergate ring a bell?)
However, yes, I DID start recording meeting when I was on my way out. I was totally prepared to post everything on youtube. But by that time, HR knew I was preparing to leave so I was "relieved" of my duties and given desk work without management supervision.
I keep trying to get someone else to record the meetings but everyone is afraid for their jobs. And the company knows it.
I remember when my teen nephew walked off the job in McDonald's because he was not allowed to wear an earring. He'd just got his ear pierced and was supposed to leave the stud in for a few days so the hole wouldn't close up. The manager told him to takeoff his earring and he refused, then quit in a huff.
He used to look so great when he worked in McDonald's. They required a shirt and tie. He looked so incredibly handsome with his hair off his face and a nice shirt and tie. The girls were crazy about him. I'd never seen him in a shirt and tie before -- even at weddings, he wore a white short sleeved shirt but refused to wear a tie.
I don't believe I've seen him wear an oxford button down shirt or a tie since then. It's the working class's way of rebelling. They won't rebel over low wages, insanely scheduled hours (so that they can't get a second job), dangerous working conditions, insanely overpaid top management, badly skewed tax laws, declining environment, outrageous health care insurance costs.... But they'll refuse to wear a tie in order to show "the man" that they're individuals who can't be told how to dress.
I agree with the cellphone and friends/family rule. Checkout girls are on their cellphones as they ring me up. Excuse me -- shut the phone off and concentrate on the job you're being paid to do.
They really don't get it. Why shouldn't they chat while at work? It's so boooooring to them to have to stand there waiting on customers. People never did this before mobile phones -- why do they feel it's ok to do it now?
I was in the supermarket and a guy was stocking shelves while on his mobile. "Nigga, I can't do that. Motherfucker wants me to go somewhere, motherfucker gotta pay.." WTF? I don't want o hear that when I'm trying to concentrate on food shopping. I'm tired already from working, keeping the house clean, mowing the lawn, doing yard work, laundry, sitting in traffic. And now when I'm trying to concentrate on comparing prices and looking at ingredients (yeah, there's a recession and I care about what I put in my body) I have to listen to that? Bullshit.
I looked around to find someone over the age of 20 to complain to but they're all on their cellphones. They're fat, sloppy, cursing into phones and rolling their eyes at customers. It's night time and I don't want to get tackled in the parking lot, so I don't bother to try filming them and sending it to the main office.
Everything has to be such a chore nowadays and so nasty. I wish they'd open a Trader Joe's near me. It's the only place for food shopping where I don't get creeped out (or cursed out) by staff.
The American working class will riot soon. All of these contract conditions are too draconian.
I don't personally find those rules outrageous. They're trying to project a certain image to its patrons. Certainly someone's teeth doesn't impact their job as a security officer, but if one of them doesn't have teeth, it can project a negative image on the Casino. And let's face it, 90% of the bitches here would comment on it.
Nephew troll strikes again.
As stated on Kitchen Nightmares, it's illegal for them to be taking the tips of their employees... so it makes one wonder why they'd put that in their "contract."
Sounds like they're begging to get sued.
It was discussed in the other thread about the money laundering. Yes, part of it had to do with Samy being the only one to be able to use the machine. I was thinking that the whole thing about people sending orders back might also play a part in it. I wonder if every time someone "sends an order back," if that gets entered into the system as another "paid" meal.
On paper it'd look like actual revenue. I wonder if that's why he does it.
R46, I'd be happy to take a lie detector test proving I worked for the Bellagio. Also I ALWAYS called the boss, "Mr. Steve Wynn," and I even verified with HR that that was correct. when did you work for him, that you aren't aware of this fact?
R44, You're very lucky that neither you nor your friends had to endure the same conditions I've repeatedly witnessed. Some felt like cattle, re the physical inspections (remove your shirt, no there's not a dressing room/bath room, open your mouth so that I can stare at your teeth.) In a competitive job market, employers can do literally anything they want. As I've said no one can afford a lawyer, so none of the laws apply. It's a joke.
Let me tell you stories of rival casinos where employees weren't paid on time; rare complainers were quickly fired. I know, I've waited weeks and weeks for paychecks. Labor Boards in NV and in CA are a total waste of money.
R62, you can add PA to that list.
R60, Many workers can't afford a lawyer, nor being blackballed permanently after complaining.
Tip sharing in casinos for dealers is a major issue.
I've had to give up tips many times myself. I even had a boss confiscate my tips. She wasn't even present the day I worked and earned them. Are you sure that it's illegal in all states?
Someone should hurt these freaks.
Tips, usually cash, often goes unreported. By taking their tips ABC is taking money they do not have to report for taxes.
I wondered why he wouldn't allow employees to use the POS system. Perhaps he was also under-ringing the register, charging $50 but tracking only a portion of that.
In the huge fiasco with Gordon Ramsey, it seems I remember at one point he said "I'll show you what a gangster is like" or something like that.
I don't care who they are or how much money they have they are scum.
I really don't think there are any laws regarding tipping. There are laws about minimum wage. If you pay your waitstaff less than minimum wage, it's ok so long as they get tips. Without tips, you have to pay minimum wage
. So I'm guessing ABC pay their waitstaff minimum wage and therefore are complying with state labor laws. I'm betting an employer can tell staff in coffee shops to get rid of that tip jar if the employer doesn't want it there. There's nothing saying that minimum wage workers have a right to get tipped. We don't tip McDonald's or Burger King workers because they make minimum wage.
Yes, Samy is definitely up to something with that cash register. He is adding food to the bills on the machine while probably giving customers a handwritten bill.
It's remarkably easy to launder money. I had a great Armenian tailor who worked out of this tiny shop in my neighborhood before it got gentrified. When gentrification came along, he lost his lease and a "clothing store" took its place. The only clothing they had were jeans. Really? You're going to be successful on the Upper East Side selling jeans out of a tiny, hole-in-the-wall shop? I've never seen a customer in there. It's owned by Russians. There is an antique jewelry store on my block that has been there since the 1980s it's never open. How do you sell anything when your shop is never open? You launder money by pretending you are selling jewelry, that's how.
[quote]1). No Cell Phones allowed while working.
Pretty standard "rule"
[quote]2). No outside Food or Beverages may be brought inside ABC.
Not unheard of
[quote]3). If you fail to show up for your scheduled shift we may penalize you monetarily.
[quote]4). When you show up for work you must be dressed appropriately, and properly covered. And you must be ready to work with your hair pulled back, and hands washed by no later than 5minutes before your scheduled shift begins.
Pretty standard workplace "rule"
[quote]5). Any type of attitude will result in immediate termination.
In an "at will" state, you can fire a person for any reason.
[quote]6). You must leave the premise immediately after your scheduled shift, and no family or friends may come to see you while working.
This is wacky
[quote]7). You must remain in your designated working area.
[quote]8). No purses or bags are allowed inside ABC, (exceptions may be made) however upon leaving a designated employee of ABC has the legal right and consent to inspect any and all packages that you may have brought with you.
Now we see the paranoia. This is when you run for the exit.
[quote]9). At no point is any food or any type of open beverage allowed in the kitchen. This is a direct Health Code Violation.
Not true, but they can make their own workplace rules.
[quote]10). ABC has multiple security cameras and any type of theft will be punished by the fullest extent of the Law.
This is news?
[quote]11). No visiting or unnecessary talking is allowed during your work shift. This causes distractions and results in loss of product. Any may result in possible harm to you, or to others.
[quote]12). Workers must keep their hair pulled back in a bun and no facial hair is allowed (unless for religious beliefs).
[quote]13). Any product such as food or plates that are broken or burned due to direct negligence will be taken from your pay check at ABC's cost.
[quote]14). Respect and distance must be given to all fellow employees. No harassment or bulling of any type will be tolerated and will be cause for immediate termination. If such an event happens you must report the incident immediately to Samy or Amy Bouzaglo.
The rule is fine but the wording reeks of crazy
[quote]15) You must treat the equipment and all property of ABC with respect .Equipment should be cleaned and maintained nightly as part of your scheduled shifts responsibilities.
[quote]16) Holidays and Weekends are Mandatory, by signing this contract you are accepting that you will be required to work all Holidays, and Weekends. Due to the nature of our Industry this is a necessity and any No-Show will be monetarily penalized with a fee of $250.00.
The work schedule is important for workers to know before the take the job. You CAN'T "fine" a no-show, that is illegal. You CAN "fire" them for it.
Trolldar R22.. Watch the board light up!! Making it all about himself. Again.
[quote]So if you're on the wait staff there at ABC,and decide to quit (or get sacked), you cannot get a job at another restaurant or bakery within 50 miles? That's bullshit.
Ah yes, the "non compete" clause.
Silicon Valley loves those. They don't hold up in court. Courts have decided they interfere with a person's right to make a living and are not worth the paper they are written on.
They only work if you're still paying them... not to work somewhere else.
The rumors are Nikki Finke is chained to one right now. They're still paying her contract, but she can ONLY write her weekend box office column. Keep your enemies closer. Deadline fears what will happen to them when Nikki's contract is up.
I heard they were trying to get their own reality show. They made such a splash on Kitchen Nightmares it's a possibility (if Samy doesn't get deported). In that case employees will sign on just for the chance to be on TV. The only way that "restaurant" will survive now will be as a freak show on TV.
I think non-compete laws also work if you are selling a business. If you own a business that makes XX, there is often a clause saying that you cannot open a business that makes XX, nor may you work for a company that makes XX.
[quote] Respect and distance must be given to all fellow employees. No harassment or bulling of any type will be tolerated and will be cause for immediate termination. If such an event happens you must report the incident immediately to Samy or Amy Bouzaglo.
This probably has to do with sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.
My cousin owns a restaurant and he overheard some of the waitresses sort of giggling about a kitchen worker who lighly grabbed at one of the waitresses in a playful way. My cousin went straight into the kitchen, took the chef aside and asked him what happened. The chef told him the kitchen worker had made a grab at one of the waitresses. Not to harm her, but to sort of be playful in an affectionate way.
My cousin fired the kitchen worker on the spot. He then went to the waitress and asked her if she was ok. She said yes, she was fine. My cousin suspected she might have been flirting with the kitchen worker, but didn't let on. He told her to go home and "rest" because he didn't want her to be upset at what happened. She said "no, I'm fine," but my cousin insisted. He said she could have been assaulted and that he'd fired the worker and he wanted the waitress to go home so she wouldn't be stressed. She said she felt bad about the kitchen worker getting fired. My cousin said it was his business, therefore his duty to make sure everyone worked in an appropriate environment.
The waitress took my cousin to court!
After she got home, I guess her mother smelled lawsuit when she told mom what happened.
The chef, the other waitresses (who worked there for years) backed my cousin up in court and told the judge exactly what happened. The judge asked the waitress what happened after the incident. She said the kitchen worker was fired and that the boss sent her home. The judge said, "Good. That's exactly what he is supposed to do. Case dismissed."
It's a jungle out there.
As several posters have said before, non-compete 'laws' have been found to be illegal on numerous occasions. Any company or business which incorporates them into their standard procedure is foolish, and definitely begging for a hefty lawsuit.
[quote]Can someone pull out the specific items that are illegal and explain why they are illegal?
For one thing, the part where they dock your earned wages if you don't show up for a shift. In sane, legal businesses, you just get zero pay for not working, not negative pay.
[quote]Technically, it's illegal (Watergate ring a bell?)
Certainly, the employer is allowed to record, openly or covertly, anything that is said or done on premises (with the exception of restrooms in some states.) And they often do. Whether you are allowed is subject to state law.
In my state, so called 'one party consent'...my consent...is all that's required. There's the circumstantial expectation of privacy that might get involved anywhere you do recording, however.
This is why people hire undocumented workers. They're too scared to rebel or complain.
[quote]This is why unions were formed.
I totally read that as "why unicorns were formed."
R78, Anyone who can't afford a lawyer, or who is very financially needy, won't complain either. I've seen lots of workers get blackballed from entire industries and have to leave the state just for making minor complaints about very illegal workplace practices. Word gets around; people get understandably paranoid.
Here's hoping these anti-worker asshats go out of business soon.
When I worked in America for restaurants and caterers...once in awhile the restaurant would come down heavy on the employees with these sorts of disgusting rules. No talking to each other on the job...you can no longer drink the cranberry juice....these dreadful officious meetings.
I always walked out soon after.
Some eight hour catered function and no chatting with your workmates. Fuck off!
Thank. God. I'm. Union.
You all sound like tweakers
Haters! Haters! Online bloggers!!! All of you!
I don't have to talk to you!!!
I have G-D, you have SITES!!!!
Crazy Amy is definitely crazy but aren't most of these rules pretty standard in any work place? Dress appropriately, be respectful of both customers and coworkers, no yapping on your cell phone or checking your twitter account at work etc?
A couple rules are a little over the top like the "non compete" nonsense- my god, they're WAITSTAFF, not holders of corporate secrets- but other stuff like working holidays and weekends might not be standard in other lines of work but they are in food service and retail because they're open for business on those days. Taking the servers tips is scummy but I'm not sure it's necessarily illegal if they're paying above minimum wage as a salary. I waited tables at a country club for a time we were salaried. Not a bad one either for a teen.
Crazy Amy just seems like a neurotic control freak. The rules themselves aren't that unreasonable but the way they're put across is.
[quote]A couple rules are a little over the top like the "non compete" nonsense- my god, they're WAITSTAFF, not holders of corporate secrets
Probably for the kitchen staff, R86. It's not uncommon.
A cashier in a West Village deli neighborhood sold cigarettes to a girl without asking for ID. She was underage. Store was fined. Boss took cost of fine from the cashier's pay. Kid got the money back. Turned out the boss couldn't legally dock his salary.
R88 I'm a landlord of a small group of store fronts. We had an employee of one of the tenants stop by at 3am supposedly "to take a pee." With a friend. For an hour with the lights off. Gee, what do you think was going on? OK, maybe they were just screwing but if it was a drug deal as I strongly suspect then they could have cost us our the entire property.
Amy is a huge loon but work rules aren't unreasonable. Person above had her key yanked and...SMILE, you're on candid camera 24/7.
What else are we supposed to do?
I'm surprised this place still survives...still gets customers and still finds people to work for them.
I can't see this going on for much longer.
R90, As long as people need jobs, and employers know that they can find alternatives, they can do whatever they want, especially if they hire those that can't afford a lawyer.
[quote]. I've seen lots of workers get blackballed from entire industries and have to leave the state just for making minor complaints about very illegal workplace practices.
Shut the fuck up already, will ya?
They're still in business after trying to pull a non-compete stunt?
What's so funny about the non-compete portion is that Gordon Ramsey proclaimed the food practically inedible. Her "secrets" aren't worth sharing.
I wonder what kind of people they are going to wind up with. Naive teens or Mormons?
R92, Are you the owner of DL that you can tell others what to do? The manager? Or do you just have a superiority complex because you're so completely powerless in your everyday life?
The sad thing is, many places where a "tip" jar is have the tips go to the management. Always ask where the tips go, because most of the servers/workers do not get to keep them.
What is it with crazy bakery bitches?
In Chicago the Garcias were known for acting almost as crazy to their employees. Not paying them, ranting at them for no reason, etc.
I assume Amy's Baking Co. has no relation to Amy's Bread?
Does anyone remember the restaurant in the West Village on W 4th and 10th? It was really cheap and had great specials. The reason why was that it paid the waiters below minimum wage and took their tips. I can't remember how the tip was distributed, but most of it went to the owners, not the waiters. They were making just over minimum.
Food businesses always seem to attract this kind of scamming.
Apparently, the delicate little flower at R95 hasn't been here long.. Often times when one posts a lot on a thread, as you have here, R95, especially when it's in a know-it-all fashion, other posters will sometimes tell you to give it a rest.
It happens. Deal..
This woman is just a stupid cunt, she doesn't have the intelligence to be a proper diva bitch.
Has the amazing owner of the entire Bellagio property come back yet? That was hilarious.
R101, he's the same cunt that posted at R95. I hate gasbag, know it all assholes like that.
R89, why do you imagine drug deals take place with the lights off and require an hour to complete?
I miss Crazy Amy! She made me tingle in my nethers.
R104, SHUT-UP YOU POISONOUS VIPER!!!
there, feel better? That'll be 25 cents.
Sounds like the crazy bitch that ran Bleeding Heart Bakery in Chicago. She would find any excuse not to pay people.
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