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Jessica Biel Gets Worst Possible News

Jessica Biel has moved a bit out of the acting spotlight and into something a little different, and it looks like she's facing some challenges.

The world now knows that Jessica Biel is an investor in a kid-friendly restaurant in Los Angeles known as Au Fudge. Unfortunately for Biel, the world now knows that because the restaurant is being sued.

As the Daily Mail shares, employees at the restaurant are claiming that management has not paid them the tips due to them for work performed.

We’re not talking about a few dollars here and there either, but rather a staggering $500,000. So how could this possibly even happen? Well, the restaurant collected the gratuities, but they were never paid out to the restaurant staff.

“According to court documents, obtained by the Blast, Au Fudge charged a 22 per cent gratuity to clients who held private events at the West Hollywood eatery - but employees say that money was never passed down to them,” the Mail reports.

“The lawsuit claims that the 'owners blamed the "glitch" on converting the private event gratuities to a single manager,' but they say they still didn't get the tips even after that manager was fired.”

The ‘glitch’ excuse may fly for a mistake with an event or two, but we’re talking about an astronomical sum of money. No word on why the employees waited so long to make an issue of it, but plaintiffs in the suit describe themselves as 'young adults new to the workforce and new to Los Angeles' who 'were ill-prepared to deal with the violations of their rights in the workplace.'

“Another employee, Jamie Aronson, said she questioned a general manager about the practice and was met with a similar response. She said the GM told her '[not to] worry about it. It's all good. The customers are far more likely to be OK with 20 plus percent if they think that amount is going to the employees,'" the Mail adds.

“Neither Aronson or Desage are plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Additionally, the group says that they are owed $31,549 from state-mandated break periods which their bosses refused to let them take. The group is seeking an additional $1million in punitive damages.”

The restaurant opened back in 2016, and it markets itself as a family-friendly restaurant. There’s also a marketplace on site that sells baked goods, as well as a fully monitored play area for children.

Biel is just one of the heavyweights listed as an owner of the restaurant, with the other four being Barry's Bootcamp CEO Joey Gonzalez; Kim Muller, author of the children's book Au Fudge; stylist Estee Stanley; and Monica Saunders-Weinberg, the daughter of the Westfield Shopping Centers founder.

There has been no direct word from Biel on the suit as of yet, and we would expect that to remain the case as the matter plays out in court. We’ll have to watch for additional signs to see if this is some kind of giant misunderstanding, or if there’s really some funny business going on here.

It’s a huge sum of money being argued about, so it doesn’t seem like a matter that’s just going to magically disappear.

Source: Daily Mail
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