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Owner of restaurant opening in Trump Hotel sued for alleged wage theft

New York's world-famous Sushi Nakazawa is facing a lawsuit over alleged wage theft, a year before it is scheduled to open a second location in the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The class-action suit, filed Wednesday by former employees, accuses chef Daisuke Nakazawa and restaurant owner Alessandro Borgognone of not paying minimum wage and misappropriating tips, according to The Washington Post.

Borgognone and Nakazawa are accused of restructuring the restaurant's tip pool to illegally tip employees who are not eligible for tips, such as a glass polisher.

The suit also alleges that Borgognone and Nakazawa neglected to provide required wage notices to employees, and did not pay overtime, according to Grub Street, who originally reported on the suit.

The lawsuit was filed days after President Trump's Labor Department announced that it would roll back an Obama-era rule that prevented pooling tips of workers who make full minimum wage and sharing them with nontipped workers.

A second location of Sushi Nakazawa is slated to open in the Trump Hotel in the winter of 2018. Borgognone faced backlash after the announcement, especially after insulting D.C. as a "meat-and-potatoes town."

Esquire called Borgognone the "most hated restaurateur in America," and Anthony Bourdain spoke out against the choice to open in the Trump Hotel, saying he has "utter contempt" for Borgognone.

The restaurant spot in the Trump Hotel has been controversial since celebrity chef José Andrés pulled out following Trump's derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants.

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