Mario Batali agreed on March 5 to pay $5.25 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by former servers at several of his restaurants. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, sought recovery from Batali and his business Joseph Bastianich of, among other things, unpaid overtime wages, unpaid minimum wages and misappropriated tips. In settling the lawsuit, Batali and Bastinanich continued to deny the plaintiffs' claims. In this 1998 Baltimore Sun photo, Batali is shown posing with a fan who showed up for his promotional visit to a Columbia hotel.
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