Like a demon you thought had been exorcised, Amy's Baking Company -- the notorious Arizona restaurant Gordon Ramsay tried to save recently on Kitchen Nightmares -- is baaaack! This time, not because a diner was served multiple drinks with multiple flies floating in them, but because a legally binding contract ABC employees were required to sign has been exclusively obtained by RadarOnline.com ... and it's as frightening as the meltdowns Amy Bouzaglo has over all the "haters" and "online bullies" who are after her.
The so-called "mutual agreement" between the employee and Amy and husband Samy Bouzaglo boasts 20 rules to abide by, many of which may strike you as nothing short of inhumane and borderline illegal.
- "Any products such as food or plates that are broken or burned due to direct negligence will be taken from your pay check at ABC’s [Amy's Baking Company] cost." Oookay.
- Working holidays and weekends are required, and if an employee fails to show up on any of those days, they will be ... wait for it ... "monetarily penalized with a fee of $250.00." OMG.
- "All 'tips' are property of the 'house.'"
- Employees were required to “leave the premise immediately” after their shift and "no family or friends may come to see you while working."
- If an employee resigns or is terminated, they are not to work at “any competitor within a 50 mile radius of ABC within one year of termination or voluntary resignation,” which is virtually unheard of in the service industry.
The last two are what strikes me as particularly sick and twisted. Though they all seem to moosh together into one big pile of load of rotten (or should I say undercooked, frozen?) baloney that completely reeks. It's as if the employee is just supposed to resign him or herself to working for the restaurant 24/7/365 and show NO signs of having a life outside of the restaurant. Then, go on to sacrifice their potential to make a living after they've left. What in the world ...?!
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Seems like the owners are utterly insecure about their restaurant's horrendous reputation. But how is treating their employees like trash going to solve that? Maybe they think people would be willing to put up with these insane, inhumane requests just to work for a restaurant that was on reality TV? Either way, this makes them look beyond delusional ... And anyone who would take a job at ABC might be, too.
What do you think of this contract?
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