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Ex-employees say pizzeria boss fired them over eating a slice

Two Westchester pizzeria servers claim they were canned for snagging a slice.

They said they were offered a bite of pizza to them by the chef during a busy shift — and that their angry boss compared the act to driving while intoxicated.

Marie Bernardes and Eric Newman were sent home during the May incident at 3 Westerly, in Ossining, and their tips were yanked and given to the rest of the staff, according to a Westchester Supreme Court lawsuit they filed.

The pair, who are each seeking more than $150,000 damages, “worked eight hour shifts, constantly on their feet and literally they stopped and took a bit of pizza from an incorrect order,” their lawyer Joseph Ranni, said.

Not so, charged a lawyer for the restaurant, who said the two servers, who were fed before their shifts, “stole a pizza and were eating it in a locker room.”

“It wasn’t even the first time they had done it,” 3 Westerly lawyer Lorraine Medeiros alleged.

Bernardes left on her own and wasn’t fired, while Newman had been caught vaping in a restaurant bathroom, Medeiros said.

“We expect the lawsuit will be completely dismissed,” she said.

Source: http://nypost.com/2017/08/12/ex-employees-sue-pizzeria-boss-for-firing-them-over-eating-a-slice/

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