Urasawa in Labor Disputes for Overtime Pay, Negligence
We all know that dining at Urasawa, the ultimate omakase experience in LA and restaurant that regularly tops the Zagat lists for service and food, comes at a price - over $1,000 for two, usually. Apparently working there does, too. Chef and owner Hiroyuki Urasawa is in hot water with former employees and the California Labor Department over overtime pay and other bad treatment, as in employees weren't allowed to use the men's restroom during dining hours (so a mop sink came in handy). The New York Times spotlights one worker who worked his way up from dishwasher to preparing the fish; he was fired on the spot for asking to go home sick one day. Read more here.