Manhattan Pizza Chain stole $175,000 in wages from workers, AG says

  • Gotham Pizza owed 10 employees $175,000 for three years of unpaid wages.
  • The AG said the company “knowingly and intentionally” failed to pay minimum wage, overtime and tips.
  • “No matter how you slice it, fair pay is not a suggestion – it’s the law,” said Letitia James.

A Manhattan pizzeria was forced to pay out more than $175,000 in unpaid wages to employees, according to a New York Attorney General’s Report.

Attorney General Letitia James said Gotham Pizza and its owner Michael Shamailov “knowingly and intentionally” failed to pay at least 10 employees minimum wage, overtime and tips between 2016 and 2019.

“No matter how you slice it, fair pay is not a suggestion – it’s the law,” Attorney General James said. “For years, Gotham Pizza has taken advantage of its hard-working employees by not paying them for their work.

She added, “I’m proud to get back the money that was long owed to them and cheated on them, and I will always fight to ensure that New Yorkers get their fair share of the pie.”

Gotham Pizza has three locations in Manhattan, Upper East Side, Yorkville and Chelsea. The insider was unable to reach Gotham Pizza and Shamailov for comment outside of normal working hours.

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) investigation found that during the three-year period, employees were paid between $6 and $10 an hour, rather than the legally mandated $11 to $15 during this period. They were never paid for overtime and did not receive all their tips.

Gotham was ordered to reimburse 10 workers $175,000, or $17,500 each, and provide the OAG with compliance reports containing payroll information.

“While making sure others were eating, these workers had food stolen from their own tables,” said New York City Council member Erik Bottcher.

In 2016, Gotham Pizza was sued by employees in a dispute over breakswhen they paid $30,000 to settle a separate case last year.

Insider contacted the attorney general’s office for comment.


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