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Bryan Voltaggio denies claims he failed to pay employees overtime

Bryan Voltaggio denies claims he failed to pay employees overtime
Chef Bryan Voltaggio, of "Top Chef" fame, and his business partner Hilda Staples are denying allegations from two former cooks who say they weren't paid overtime while they worked at Voltaggio's restaurants. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

Chef Bryan Voltaggio and his business partner Hilda Staples are denying allegations from two former cooks who say they weren't paid overtime while they worked at Voltaggio's restaurants.

Sunday Alexander and Heather Hensley, former line cooks at Family Meal in Baltimore and Volt in Frederick, respectively, filed a suit against Voltaggio and his restaurants in August alleging they were instructed only to clock in or out when their shifts officially started or ended, even if they began working early or continued working late.

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The class action lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, is seeking upaid overtime and wages.

Attorneys for Voltaggio, a 2009 "Top Chef" competitor, and Staples filed a response to the claim denying they improperly paid workers, according to reports from the Associated Press.

Staples and Voltaggio did not respond to requests for comment.

Voltaggio operates eight restaurants in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., including Aggio and Family Meal in Baltimore.

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