The New York State Department of Labor issued Raven Dennis III an $11,000 bill for not responding to accusations of stiffing employees on wages and overtime pay. Dennis, also known as the “Cake Man,” has 60 days to appeal the order before it is converted into a judgment.
The accusation of unlawfully withholding workers’ wages is not the Cake Man’s first run-in with the law. A lawsuit filed by 15 employees in 2008 alleged that the Brooklyn baker owed them more than $750,000 of unpaid overtime. United States District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf ordered a default judgement be made against the Cake Man for a repeated “failure to appear at court conferences, participate in discovery, or otherwise defend against plaintiffs allegations.” The attorney for the plaintiffs has reduced the amount of the damages in light of a federal tax lien against Dennis.
The Village Voice reports that in addition to these charges, three other charges are on file with the Department of Labor against the confectioner.
Rebecca Marx, Cake Man Raven in Trouble With the Labor Department, Village Voice
Daniel Massey and Adrianne Pasquarelli, Dept. of Labor seeing red over Brooklyn bakery, Crain’s