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Babbo Harrassment Lawsuit

Babbo Harrassment Lawsuit

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JUDGENATHAN
JOSEPH
&
KIRSCHENBAUMLLPD.MaimonKirschenbaumDeniseSchulman233Broadway5
th
FloorNewYork,NY10017Tel:(212)688-5640Fax:(212)688-2548
Plaintiff
AttorneysforPlaintiff
UNITEDSTATEDDISTRICTCOURTSOUTHERNDISTRICTOFNEWYORKSTEPHANIECAPSOLAS,
v.
PASTARESOURCES,INC.,BABBOLLC,andFRANKLANGELLO,Defendants.
PlaintiffStephanieCapsolas,byandthroughherundersignedattorneys,allegesasfollows:
JURISDICTIONANDVENUE
1.
ThisCourthasoriginalfederalquestionjurisdictionunder28U.S.C.§1331becausethiscaseisbroughtundertheTitleVIIoftheCivilRightsActof1964,42U.S.C.§§2000e
etseq.
("TitleVII").ThisCourthassupplementaljurisdictionoverPlaintiff'sNewYorkStateHumanRightsLaw("NYSHRL"),N.Y.Exec.L.§§296
etseq.,
andNewYorkCityHumanRightsLaw("NYCHRL"),N.Y.Admin.Code§§8-107
etseq.,
claims,astheyaresorelatedtotheclaimsinthisactionwithintheCourt'soriginaljurisdictionthattheyformpartofthesamecaseorcontroversyunderArticleIIIoftheUnitedStatesConstitution.
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2.VenueisproperinthisDistrictbecauseDefendantsconductbusinessinthisDistrict,andtheactsand/oromissionsgivingrisetotheclaimshereinallegedtookplaceinthisDistrict.
THEPARTIES
3.DefendantPastaResources,Inc.("PastaResources")isaNewYorkCorporationthatoperatesBabboRistoranteEnoteca("Babbo")inManhattan.Atallrelevanttimes,PastaResourceshashadmorethan15employees.Uponinformationandbelief,MarioBatali("Batali")andJosephBastianich("Bastianich")areownersofPastaResources.4.DefendantBabboLLCisaNewYorklimitedliabilitycompanythatownsandoperatesBabbo.Atallrelevanttimes,BabboLLChashadmorethan15employees.BataliandBastianichareownersofBabboLLC.5.DefendantsPastaResourcesandBabboLLC(collectively,the"CorporateDefendants")jointlyemployedPlaintiffatallrelevanttimes.TheCorporateDefendantseachhadsubstantialcontroloverPlaintiffsworkingconditionsandovertheunlawfulpoliciesandpracticesallegedherein.6.Duringallrelevanttimes,theCorporateDefendantswerePlaintiffsemployers.TheCorporateDefendantswerepartofasingleintegratedenterprisethatjointlyemployedPlaintiff.TheCorporateDefendants'operationsareinterrelatedandunified.7.PastaResourcesprovidesadministrativeservicesforBabboandtheotherrestaurantsownedbyBataliandBastianich.8.Forexample,PastaResourcesissuedPlaintiffsandotherBabboemployees'paychecks.9.PastaResourcesalsohandleshumanresourcesfunctionsforBabbo.2
 
10.PastaResourcesprocessesgiftcardpurchasesforBabbo.11.BabboislistedonPastaResources'website,http://www.pastaresources.comlhospitality.alongwiththeotherrestaurantsownedbyBataliandBastianich.12.DefendantFrankLangello("Langello")was,atalltimesrelevanttothisaction,Babbo'sexecutivechef.Uponinformationandbelief,LangelloisaNewYorkresident.13.AllDefendantsarehereinaftercollectivelyreferredtoas"Defendants."14.PlaintiffStephanieCapsolas("Capsolas")wasemployedbyDefendantsasaserveratBabbofrominoraround2008toinoraround2011.Capsolasisawoman.FACTUALALLEGATIONS15.ThroughoutCapsolas'employmentwithBabbo,Langellocreatedasexuallyhostileworkenvironmentbydirectinginappropriatecommentsandgesturesatherandphysicallytouchingher.FormuchofCapsolas'employment,Langelloengagedinharassingactionsseveraltimesaweek.Hisharassingactionshaveincluded,butarenotlimitedto,thefollowing.16.LangellohasrepeatedlymadesexualcommentsaboutCapsolas.Forexample,inoraroundJanuary2008,LangellotoldoneofCapsolas'co-workersthatLangellothoughtCapsolaswasan"animal"inbed.17.InoraroundMay2010,Langellosimulatedamanandwomanhavingsex,insinuatingthathewasactingoutrelationsCapsolashadwithherboyfriendatthetime,whoalsoworkedatBabbo.3

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