Jessica Biel Is Reportedly Headed to Court Amid Claims Her Restaurant Stole $430,000 in Tips From Employees

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This is not a good look ... at all. Jessica Biel and her restaurant partners are accused of swindling over $430,000 in tips from employees at their Los Angeles Au Fudge family restaurant. And now, it looks like the celeb mom will have to head to court sooner than later.

  • Former employees filed court documents in September alleging Jess and her co-owners pocketed tips from private events, and denied them breaks.

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    Employees claim Au Fudge owners "wrongfully converted" the 22 percent gratuity that is charged at private events and buyouts, in which clients pay to rent out the whole restaurant.

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    "Each of them had their gratuities wrongfully converted and were improperly denied meal and rest breaks, overtime compensation and earned wages under various illegal payroll practices," the former staff asserts in court documents, according to People. "Defendants charged hundreds of thousands of dollars in gratuities to private-party customers and converted said gratuities to themselves in order to pad their own pockets and deprive plaintiffs their just compensation in violation of law."

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  • Jessica and her business partners -- Estee Stanley, Joey Gonzalez, Jonathan Rollo, and Kimberly Muller -- opened Au Fudge back in March 2016 with the intention of creating a place for parents and kids to dine with ease. 

    "We are providing a space where you can eat and be comfortable and confident that your children are not being pumped full of hormones and chemicals," Biel told the Los Angeles Times last year. "You can come here and know that it's safe for your kid to crawl on the floor because what we're cleaning the floor with is safe. You can come in here and know we are doing everything we can to be sustainable in terms of our energy and our waste. And if we're snot faces or elitists for that, I think we're OK with that."

  • In addition to $430,000 in tips, the former staff are also seeking $1 million in punitive damages, and $31,549 from missed breaks.

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    People notes that the sum of gratuities was due in large part to the restaurant's big industry events for companies like Amazon and Netflix. A July 2016 Netflix party's bill of $80,220.19 included $13,271.50 in tips, which the plaintiffs claim to never have received, according to the documents.

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    Alexandra Desage, Au Fudge's former director of events -- who's not named as a plaintiff in the case -- noted in the deposition that she felt co-owner Jonathan Rollo was blowing her off and allegedly said "don't worry about it" when she inquired about the missing money.

  • Jessica reportedly must head to court weeks before hubby Justin Timberlake's 2018 Super Bowl performance, and she's allegedly "freaking out."

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    "Justin's been trying to lift her spirits but she's gotten very little sleep and is glued to her work emails and phone while this mess is sorted out," a source told in an exclusive interview. "This is a very difficult time for her and Justin, for sure."

  • No matter how you slice it, this is very sad.

    ... and very nuts.

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