Karma Is A Bitch: #RHONJ Teresa Aprea Sued By Former Employees

Posted on Feb 18 2015 - 4:20pm by Avigail

Teresa Aprea

Another day…another lawsuit.

This time around it’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey star, TeResssa Aprea. One of her former employees at “Angelo’s of Mulberry Street” is suing over wrongfully deprived overtime pay.

TeResssa is part-owner of the Little Italy eatery, has been hit with a class-action lawsuit by former workers who claim they were all stiffed on overtime pay and other wages.

Bashir Hajjar, a former bartender and Izet Jasaraj, a former waiter at Angelo’s jointly filed a lawsuit in U.S. district court in New York yesterday (2-17-2015). The suit makes many scathing claims against Teresa & Rino Aprea and other owners of the restaurant. Among the witheringly scornful claims: the defendants knowingly permitted employees to work more than 40 hours and up to 65 hours a week, the employees weren’t paid time-and-a-half for hours worked past 40.

The lawsuit states that Hajjar was,

“paid for seven hours of work per workday, regardless of how many hours he actually worked, which was regularly more than seven hours, and sometimes more than 10 hours a day.”

As further matter, the lawsuit claims, employees were required to wear uniforms that “required ironing, dry cleaning and/or other special treatment,” but the defendants “did not wash or maintain these uniforms” and didn’t reimburse employees for the cost of maintaining the uniforms.

TeResssa Aprea responded to claims in the lawsuit on Twitter, she tweeted “disgruntled worker #NOTRUTH”


The plaintiffs’ attorney, David Gottlieb of Wigdor Law, is demanding the Apreas pay up to $2500 per worker for unpaid wages and overtime, uniform cleaning costs, plus an unspecified amount of damages.

TeResssa Aprea is no stranger to the legal problems. As previously reported, her dad, Salvatore “Sal” Napolitano, served a 15-month prison sentence for shady business practices related to his construction company, ECCO Construction Inc.

READ: Exclusive: Santa & Rino Affair Exposed! Sex At Family BBQ While The Twins Were At The Store and Their Father Was In Prison!

According to court documents, on November 8, 1999, Salvatore “Sal” Napolitano, pled guilty to violating the “Clean Air Act” in connection with the illegal removal of asbestos-containing material during the conversion of a former Y.M.C.A. into an upscale apartment. As a result, untrained and undocumented Mexican workers were used to remove asbestos from boilers, piping and floor coverings at the building. The workers were locked in the building and were not provided with equipment to protect them from inhaling asbestos fibers. As a result of this crime, asbestos fibers were released into the air at the construction site where workers and others could inhale them. Inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause lung cancer, a lung disease known as “asbestosis,” and mesothelioma which is a cancer of the chest and abdominal cavities. Asbestos filled garbage bags were also illegally disposed of in various locations around New Haven. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, and was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut. 

Karma is a bitch!


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  • Brattus Rattus

    *click click*
    Everything done in the dark….

  • italiano bambino

    LOL!!!! not that something she can’t blame on Mummu gotti

  • Marsbars09

    This all goes to show nothing comes good out of being associated with the Housewives franchise. Sooner rather than later your skeletons will come running out of the closet.
    I hope the Apreas’ are able to resolve their legal issues.

    • WestCoastFeed

      Should be an easy fix, pay them each the $2500 and it’s over. They aren’t asking for much. Can’t have been an egregious tort.

      • KimJ

        read it again!

        • WestCoastFeed

          What did I miss. Two guys who want some money for missing overtime and dry cleaning bills.

          • I think KimJ is referring to the “unspecified amount of damages” part in the same sentence.

  • She Stinks!

    Can she go to jail too? Let’s hope so! More housewives should be jailed.

    • WestCoastFeed

      Sorry, it’s not a crime. It’s just a civil suit.

      • RoundAbout

        Actually, failing to pay overtime rates for hours worked over 40 in a work week is a violation of federal labor law. If the feds get wind of this and decide to investigate, she could be found liable for paying all missed overtime wages as well as a penalty to Uncle Sam. I’ve seen it happen in other cases where a couple of employees stepped forward, complaining of not receiving OT pay and then when the federal investigators showed up, other instances were found. She may not wind up “clink-clink” but I bet her piggy bank will be squealing after it gets pinched.

        • Really? Wow, that’s very interesting. Could TeResssa and Rino be thrown in jail over this?

          • RoundAbout

            The requirement to pay OT wages for OT hours worked is covered in Item 23 in FLSA. I don’t recall anyone receiving any jail time for failing to pay properly but I’ve not done any extensive research on the matter. There was a major case locally when I was taking Contemporary Studies in high school and we were required to follow that case. Since that time, I sometimes find myself watching other similar cases. I guess I missed my calling and shoulda been a lawyer…c’est la vie!

          • I agree you would make an excellent lawyer. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!

          • Rochelle Barozzi

            Only of the Feds want to be included. They have more important things o deal with. If it was a constant thing with a certain employer and HUGE amounts of monies owed…they will step in. But it has to really be worth it. Usually civil lawsuits go on. But it will raise a red flag to the feds if it continues.

          • Great points Rochelle.

        • Rochelle Barozzi

          Yep, for a few years I ran 2 rest. All of these federal laws are to be posted in the back rooms. There are long posters that are to be posted at every business.

  • Not surprised this is commonplace in any business. Just like Lisa Vanderpump suits against her business. I’m sure it will be settled out of court.

    • WestCoastFeed

      Except Lisa V lost one of her suits big time because of Ken’s bad management.

    • Marsbars09

      Hi Doc! And don’t forget some employees tried suing the Brownstone for unpaid wages.

      • Hey Marsie! Hope you’re having a good day. That’s a good example and I agree. Lawsuits happen all the time.

  • September24

    The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Daddy didn’t provide a clean environment and so clink clink he went away. Daughter doesn’t provide clean uniform and so clink clink karma! hahahahaha!

  • Gabby

    Soooo…not only does she share the same name with Teresa but the behavior is the same too? I mean, really, are there no decent women in NJ to be on this show? It literally gets worse and worse.

    • WestCoastFeed

      This one’s real crime is that voice of hers. As deaf as I am, I had to mute her when she appeared. She and her sister. Aargh!!

  • Fritz the. At

    Why anyone would want to eat at this place after seeing RINO shitting while cooking dinner is beyond me. That episode was beyond disgusting, plus visualizing him pounding his mother in law is another diet aid. These people are disgusting.

  • WaWaWaWHAT!

    I feel like suing this THOT for being annoying as F…I hope they fire these dumbass twins…