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Archive for April, 2008

Apr 30 2008

TAVERN ON THE GREEN SETTLES SEX HARASSMENT SUIT

A New York City landmark restaurant recently settled a suit filed against them for sexual and racial discrimination.  The suit was filed by the EEOC against Tavern on the Green. The Commission claimed that Tavern on the Green took part in sexual and racial harassment against their female, black and Hispanic employees. Leon Drogy, a former manager at the restaurant, was reportedly particularly abusive towards female employees. “Verbally, female employees were subjected to repeated comments related to sexual positions, sexual acts and even asked for sexual favors,” says Kam S. Wong, an attorney for the commission. Drogy also reportedly harassed black and Hispanic employees, calling them “ignorant immigrants” and making fun of their accents.

A $2.2 million settlement was reached in the case, which will reportedly be distributed among more than 50 people who were the victims of the abuse.

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Apr 14 2008

THE DRAM SHOP ACT. You serve . . .you pay!

martini glassGENERAL RULE: Pursuant to New York State’s Dram Shop Act, a restaurant, bar or other commercial establishment may be held liable for the acts of their intoxicated patrons who drink and later cause injury to another.

In order to sustain a cause of action under the Dram Shop Act, a Plaintiff must show: (1) that he was injured by an intoxicated person; (2) the defendant sold to or otherwise procured liquor for the intoxicated person; and (3) the defendant thereby caused or contributed to such intoxication.

The owners of any establishment that serves alcoholic beverages would be wise to inform and advise their entire staff of the consequences that can result in serving a patron who appears intoxicated. Employees who do not know of the Dram Shop Act are likely to violate it. Additionally, an owner should adopt a strict written policy prohibiting the sale of alcohol to anyone who appears to be intoxicated and mandating termination for any employee who serves an alcoholic beverage to anyone in contravention to the policy.

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Apr 14 2008

POST THE SIGN: AVOID THE FINE.

Published by under Posting Requirements

Every year restaurant and bar owners are subjected to harsh fines, both monetary and criminal, as result of failing to post various signs as required by New York State and City laws.

GENERAL RULE: Although the requirements are constantly changing, the following is a list of signs that must be displayed in customer view: Equipment Use Permit; Occupancy Sign (in establishments holding more than 75 people); Sidewalk Café License (indicating number of tables and chairs); Local law 12: Taskforce/ Resuscitation Equipment; Sign Prohibiting the Sale of Cigarettes to Minors (if cigarettes are sold on the premises); Cigarette Retail License (if cigarettes are sold on premises); Operating Permit; Choking First Aid Sign; CPR Sign: Permit to Manufacture Frozen Desserts; Sign Indicating Availability of Most Recent Inspection Report; Alcohol and Pregnancy Warning; Alcohol and Beverage Control Law; Sales Tax Certificate; Signs Designating “Smoking” and “Non-Smoking” Areas; Exit Signs (required over each exit) or Exit Directional Signs (if exit is not in clear sight); Waste Carter and Times of Refuse Removal; and Nutritional Information Pertaining to Certain Items Termed “Diet” , “Light”, or Similarly Modified Foods.

The penalties for not posting these required signs range from minor monetary fines to seizure of assets and forced business closures.

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Apr 03 2008

UNDERWATER RESTAURANT

This has absolutely nothing to do with law but I had to blog on it. It’s actually a fully submerged underwater restaurant called “Ithaa” in the Maldives and its doing very well.  I’m thinking might work just as well in New York . . .say the Hudson River.  What do you think Hanson? Ripert? Vongerichten? Batali? Any takers?

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