A group of former Rowhouse Bakery & Restaurant employees filed a complaint Thursday claiming management had pocketed tips and withheld employees’ wages.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York names owners Sean Tuohey, Myriah Jaworski, and Mark Jaworski. He alleges that they withheld tips intended for employees, forced workers to work outside the clock and refused to pay overtime and other promised benefits.
The seven former employees who filed the complaint also allege the owners were well aware they had been engaging in illegal employment practices since opening more than a year ago.
The lawsuit claims that the owners of Rowhouse took advantage of its customers by charging tips on top of the bills and keeping that money to themselves.
Rowhouse Bakery & Restaurant made the following statement to 7 Eyewitness News:
Rowhouse Bakery & Restaurant and its family owners Tuohey and Jaworski will vigorously defend themselves against false and baseless claims, made by a small handful of former employees, in the appropriate legal forum.
“We are grateful for the support Rowhouse has received from customers, neighbors and the wider community since we decided to invest in the Buffalo Resurgence and rehabilitate the historic Avenue building. Delaware of our restaurant and that we opened a little over a year ago, ”said the restaurant’s co-restaurant. owner, Tuohey. “Most importantly, the talented team we have in place today and the work environment we provide for our employees have been essential to Rowhouse’s attractiveness and success.
Since opening in October 2017, Rowhouse has implemented rigorous policies and procedures to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations governing the small family business, including all those related to compensation, payroll, tips and other human resource practices.