01/13/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

'Top Chef' Judge Tom Colicchio Accused Of Cheating Workers

"Top Chef" judge Tom Colicchio has become the latest celebrity restaurateur to land in hot water.

Former employee Nessa Rapone of Brooklyn sued Colicchio Friday, contending he cheated her out of tips and overtime.

Rapone says she was fired from Colicchio's Craftbar in May 2007, after asking if the company was violating federal wage and labor laws.

"She started asking questions and got herself fired," said her lawyer, Justin Swartz.

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