Steakhouse boss faces jail term after failing to pay staff

THE IRISH owner of a popular Manhattan restaurant is facing up to four years in jail – after allegedly shortchanging his workers to the tune of $100,000.

Dublin-born Paul Hurley, 48, owner of Desmond’s Steakhouse & Grill on 7th Ave. in New York’s Times Square, failed to pay wages to workers who were hired at various stages during its opening, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a press release announcing Hurley’s arrest.

The staff had worked without wages for over four months as the restaurant prepared to open and once it began serving customers.

Hurley had promised workers they would be paid in the future to get them to continue working without wages, the Attorney General said.

“The most basic right of an employee is the right to be paid for work,” Schneiderman said. “Failure to pay legal wages is a crime and when the facts warrant it, my office will vigorously prosecute those who are guilty of breaking the law.”

Hurley, the sole owner of the restaurant, faces a felony count of scheme to defraud — among other criminal charges — for failing to pay proper wages to 54 of his workers, totaling more than $100,000.


4 Responses to “Steakhouse boss faces jail term after failing to pay staff”

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    Paul lives in a 2.4M dollar house that was paid for by not paying taxes, rent on his restaurants, employees and vendors. This is only the tip of the iceberg

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