Salim Shahriar, who says he worked at Park Avenue for four years before Pasentez assumed management duties in the spring, tells us his hours were cut in half by the new manager. “He clearly said there are too many Bengali and Bangladeshi working there, [and] we need to get rid of them,” Shahriar says. “He pretty much made all the people from that area miserable by indirectly telling them to leave.” Shahriar claims he complained to the general manager about this (and about the tip pool that Pasentez instituted), but to no avail. With reduced hours affecting Shahriar's health insurance and ability to support his family, he left the restaurant.
Pasentez hasn’t returned a message we left with Park Avenue Winter during lunch service, but while we wait for him to call, you can take a look at the minimum-wage complaint.