Six former employees of William K's restaurant claim the owners failed to pay them a living wage, required them to work off the clock and failed to properly compensate them when they worked long shifts.
The workers, who filed a federal court lawsuit Tuesday, also claim the owners, Molly and William Koessler, ignored several warnings by the City of Buffalo's Living Wage Commission.
The suit also claims the commission found William K’s in violation of the city's Living Wage Ordinance and recommended City Hall end its contract with the waterfront restaurant.
The former employees claim they were paid below the living wage of $13.06 an hour.
Approved in 1999, the Living Wage Ordinance applies to businesses that receive city contracts.
The former workers are represented by the Community Justice Clinic at the University at Buffalo School of Law.
The Koesslers could not be reached to comment Tuesday.