NEW YORK (WPIX)—Some employees at an upscale Italian eatery in Midtown have filed a federal lawsuit against their boss - claiming he molested them between meals.
Oscar Velandia, a manager at Remi on E. 53rd St., is accused of groping and making unwanted sexual advances toward some members of his staff.
New York Daily News he was just 15-years-old when Velandia began molesting him. Pastor - who is now 18-years-old - said Velandia had turned the restaurant tip pool into a "sex-for-cash system." According to the lawsuit, Velandia would make Pastor perform oral sex on him whenever he wanted a cash advance.
Another busboy claims Velandia would make sexual come-ons and grope him incessantly - even after the boy refused to have sex with him.
A 16-year employee claims to have gone through the same treatment. Arturo Caravantes said he was fired in August 2008 after he reportedly tried to organize his fellow workers against Velandia. He said he was nervous he would lose his job if he didn't give into Velandia's demands for sex.
So far, attorney's for the restaurant have not commented on the lawsuit.