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Burkinabe Sued Il Bastardo Which Raises Immigration Status But Disallowed in SDNY

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 14 –  Oumar Legelege, originally from Burkina Faso, has sued the restaurants Il Bastardo and El Coco for discrimination and underpayment of his wages as a delivery man.

   Both were at 191-193 Seventh Avenue in Manhattan; Mexican Coco is described as closed, but Italian Bastardo is still open.  

On September 9 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.

  The case is still in discovery. One of the lawyers asked for more time, explaining that she had tried to get into Greece but had been barred from entry.

 She had to hire a babysitter on the Internet for her toddler; a Manhattan apartment move was cited. Extra time was given.

On December 14 Judge Parker held another proceeding. Now the defendants were trying to get into evidence, or at least into a deposition, the plaintiff's immigration status. Judge Parker said she would not allow this.

  One defense counsel said it was for credibility, that the plaintiff had worked under a false name.

 Still no, Judge Parker ruled. Fact discovery was extended to January 29.

The case is Legelege v. Mangaroni, LLC et al., 19-cv-1561 (Gardephe / Parker)


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