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Federal lawsuit accuses chef Voltaggio of wage violations

Two former line cooks at Bryan Voltaggio’s restaurants have sued the celebrity chef over unpaid wages.

The federal lawsuit, filed Monday, claims Voltaggio made hourly employees perform “off-the-clock work,” in some cases arriving three hours prior to when a shift was supposed to begin. Employees also were required to clock-out at the time designated on their schedules but then continue working, according to the complaint.

When employees worked more than 40 hours in a week, management would “shave time” off paychecks by altering the time-clock, the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit seeks class-action certification as well as unspecified damages for violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the Maryland Wage and Hour Law.

The plaintiffs are represented by The Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl in Baltimore, which filed a similar lawsuit in June on behalf of past and current employees of Woodberry Kitchen and its sister restaurants.