An ex-housekeeper has sued the owner of a Long Island candy distributorship and his wife in federal court in Brooklyn for more than $600,000 in unpaid overtime allegedly earned over seven years and other alleged wage violations.
Beata Pietrasek said in her suit that Shirley and Lesley Stier, owner of Nassau Candy of Hicksville, paid her $600 a week for “demanding and often strenuous” work that lasted up to 72 hours per week at properties in Old Westbury, the Hamptons and Manhattan, as well as at three of their sons’ Manhattan apartments.
Pietrasek, of Queens, complained the work was physically taxing because it included “intense scrubbing on hands and knees where mop usage was prohibited” and “heavy lifting.”
Her lawsuit said it was also “mentally taxing” because of “special rules requiring plaintiff to be constantly vigilant . . . prohibiting any fingerprints on light switches, telephones” and “other rules commonly associated with a high level fear of being contaminated by germs.”
By 2015, Pietrasek’s complaint said, she was paid only once every four or five weeks. She alleged she was fired in December after being hospitalized and requiring emergency hernia surgery, and was never compensated for her last week of work.
The Stiers’ Old Westbury house, with 11 rooms, 6,500 square feet of living area and a pool, has an estimated value of $3.7 million on Zillow.
Pietrasek’s lawsuit was filed late Monday. Her lawyer, Scott Lucas, declined to comment. Stier, reached at his candy company, also declined to comment.