The celebrity owners of Shin's Korean BBQ in Los Angeles have been sued by two former employees who allege they were not given breaks or properly paid.
Gilberto Hernandez, a former Shin's cook, and Eder Martinez, a former dishwasher, say they were not paid overtime wages and were denied legally-mandated rest breaks during their shifts. Their suit names a number of celebrities who co-own the restaurant with Simon Shin, including "300" star Gerard Butler, "That 70's Show" actors Laura Prepon and Danny Masterson and prominent DJ and record producer Mark Ronson.
Hernandez seeks back pay and punitive damages of $28,015 and Martinez seeks $5,812.
After a 2011 University of California-Los Angeles study revealed poor working conditions at L.A. restaurants, Jason Michaud, a local chef and restaurateur, told the L.A. Times that Latinos are especially hard hit by the low wages and long hours.
"It won't be corrected overnight, but hopefully it will be rectified eventually," Michaud said.
In 2009, Simon Shin told Black Book magazine he plans to open restaurants in San Francisco, New York City and Seoul. His Los Angeles flagship was developed in collaboration with childhood friends, including Masterson, according to a 2008 profile in the Los Angeles Times.