[Los Angeles, California] Angel Briones, a former employee at the prestigious Nobu restaurant on La Cienega Boulevard, has filed a lawsuit alleging the establishment violated state labor codes. The suit claims that Briones, along with other current and past employees, routinely worked unpaid hours and missed out on legally mandated meal and rest breaks.
This Nobu employee lawsuit was lodged under California’s Private Attorneys General Act, which allows aggrieved employees to seek civil penalties for themselves, fellow employees, and the state in the event of Labor Code infringements. A representative from Nobu has yet to comment on the accusations presented on Monday.
In a related development on Wednesday, another lawsuit emerged against Nobu’s Malibu restaurant location, where an unnamed plaintiff alleges frequent sexual misconduct directed at hostesses by supervisory staff.
Briones’ tenure at the upscale eatery spanned from 2015 to July 2022. While the specifics of his position remain undisclosed, the lawsuit brings to light several alleged labor code violations. Nobu employees, Briones claims, were not compensated for all hours clocked, including time spent on coronavirus testing and dressing in their uniforms. Furthermore, routine work during meal breaks without overtime pay was commonplace.
The allegations also point to the management’s failure in providing accurate wage statements, not reimbursing employees for business expenses, and neglecting prompt payment upon employment termination.
Founded by the collaboration of chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Hollywood legend Robert De Niro, and producer Meir Teper, Nobu restaurants have long been celebrity favorites.