Celebrity Chef Mario Batali is agreeing to pay 600-thousand-dollars to 20 sex assault and discrimination victims who worked at his New York restaurants.
New York State Attorney General Letitia James says she worked out the agreement with Batali, Joseph Bastianich and their management company, B&B Hospitality.
James says a four-year investigation corroborated claims by staffers at Del Posto and other Batali restaurants involving unwanted touching, sexual advances, sexually explicit comments, and a hostile work environment that favored men over women.
In addition to compensating the workers, Batali has agreed to revise training materials in all B&B restaurants.
FILE – In this Wednesday, April 19, 2017, file photo, chef Mario Batali attends an awards event in New York. Batali has issued an apology to his newsletter subscribers for his sexual misconduct against women, but he confounded some by ending his message with a recipe for a “holiday-inspired breakfast.” Batali was immediately blasted on social media for including in the Friday, Dec. 16 email the “Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls” recipe after his apology for making “many mistakes.”(Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP, File)
July 23rd 2021