The chef claims that managers called him “faggot”
A former pastry chef at Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s upscale Greenwich Village Italian restaurant Babbo has sued the restaurateurs for discrimination — claiming that managers called him gay slurs and later conspired to fire him when he complained.
The Daily News reports that Isaac Franco Nava, who is of Mexican descent and openly gay, filed the lawsuit on Wednesday accusing two managers at Babbo of calling him “stupid Mexican,” derogatory Spanish slang for a homosexual “pajaro,” “girly,” and “faggot.”
The lawsuit says that Franco complained about the alleged abuse to Babbo’s head pastry chef, and human resources at Batali’s corporate office eventually disciplined the managers. But once the harassment started again in June 2016, complaints to management at the Batali empire did not lead to anything, the lawsuit alleges, according to the Daily News.
By April, Franco claims that his supervisors plotted to have him fired. He took home a raw pork chop for dinner and claims his managers OK’d it, but the next day, he was fired for theft, the lawsuit alleges.
In an email to Eater, the Batali team declined to comment on the lawsuit.