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Gotham Pizza


An investigation conducted by New York Attorney General Letitia James found that between 2016 and 2019, Gotham Pizza and its owner Michael Shamailov knowingly and intentionally failed to pay at least 10 employees proper minimum wages, overtime pay, and tips at its three locations in Manhattan. The investigation found that workers were paid under the state minimum wage — between $6 to $10 per hour when they should have been paid $11 to $15. Additionally, Gotham Pizza employees did not receive overtime pay for hours worked above 40 hours in a week, and they did not receive full tips. These violations resulted in a total of $175,000 in stolen wages.


Assistant Attorney General Jennifer S. Michael

Incident Type

Wage Theft


New York


New York


January 1, 2016

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First Last Age Title Employer Injury Type
At least ten unnamed employees Unavailable Unavailable Restaurant workers Gotham Pizza Wage theft


Name Type Title Plea Information Conviction Sentence
Gotham Pizza Entity Entity Gotham Pizza negotiated a settlement with the Office of the New York Attorney General to resolve the violations uncovered in the investigation. Gotham Pizza agreed to pay a total of $175,000 in settlement funds to resolve the Attorney General's investigation. The funds were distributed as restitution to Gotham Pizza employees and former employees. Gotham Pizza must also provide reports containing payroll information for its employee to ensure their future compliance with the law.
Penal Crimes Charged

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Other Crimes Charged

Gotham Pizza engaged in persistent and repeated activity in violation of New York Labor Law §§ 652, 195, and implementing regulations.

Michael Shamailov Individual Owner, President, and General Manager Not available Not available
Penal Crimes Charged

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Other Crimes Charged

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