Mario Batali settles suit accusing him and partner of skimming staff's tips

Chef Mario Batali speaks during the TIME Person of the Year panal discussion duing the TIME Person of the Year Lunch at Time Life Building on November 8, 2011 in New York... Read more gETTY iMAGES

Chef Mario Batali  on Nov.  8, 2011 in New York
Chef Mario Batali speaks at the Time Life Building on Nov. 8, 2011, in New York.
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(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - Celebrity chef and author Mario Batali and his New York business partner have agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged they confiscated a portion of their restaurant workers' tips.

According to court papers filed in Manhattan federal court, the settlement, which still must be approved by a judge, may compensate as many as 1,100 waiters, captains and other staffers

The lawsuit against the 51-year-old Batali, who is frequently seen on TV, and Joseph Bastianich was filed in 2010. It claimed their restaurants had a policy of deducting 4 to 5 percent from the tip pool at the end of each night.

Lawyers for both sides said the matter was resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.

The Seattle-born chef, who also markets a line of cookbooks and kitchenware, has restaurants in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Singapore. His Manhattan restaurants include Babbo, Bar Jamon and Del Posto.

  • CBS News Staff

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