Tom Colicchio is fighting back against allegations of worker abuse at one of his New York City restaurants.
“It was alleged that we were distributing tips to the managers, and that’s just not true,” Colicchio tells TakePart.com in an exclusive interview.
“We take all allegations very seriously.”
A lawsuit filed against the celebrity chef on January 12 accused him of running the eatery like “a boys club.”
One upset employee also claimed she was secretly videotaped by a male co-worker while changing her clothes.
(That man, identified as Gregorio, has since been terminated, Colicchio said.]
Speaking to the website, Colicchio also noted that 16 of his 34 managers are women.
“So that’s just not true…We have a long record of treating our employees really well.”
The scandal is unlikely to have any negative impact on Colicchio’s future television appearances.
He can also be seen on the series BEST NEW RESTAURANT, airing Wednesdays on Bravo.
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