A Manhattan pizza restaurant stole $175,000 in wages from its employees, the attorney general says


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

“No matter how you cut it, fair pay isn’t a suggestion, it’s the law,” Attorney General James said.

She added, “I’m proud to be getting back the money they’ve long been owed and cheated on, and I will always fight to ensure New Yorkers get their fair share of the pie.”

Gotham Pizza has three locations in Manhattan, on the Upper East Side, Yorkville and Chelsea. Insiders could not reach Gotham Pizza and Shamailov for comment outside of normal business hours.

The Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) investigation found that employees were paid between $6 and $10 an hour during the three-year period, instead of the $11 to $15 required by law during that period. They were never paid for overtime and didn’t receive all of their tips.

Gotham was ordered to pay back $175,000 to 10 workers, equal to $17,500 each, and provide compliance reports with salary information to the OAG.

“While making sure others were eating, these workers were having food stolen from their own table,” said New York City Councilman Erik Bottcher.

Insiders reached out to the attorney general’s office for comment.


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