Lawsuit Accuses Restauranteur Of Shocking Racism, Branding Employees 'Whores' And 'Dirty Mexicans'

//lorenzo marias kitchen

Mar. 18 2013, Published 8:12 p.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to Email

The longtime owner of  a New York restaurant has been accused of shocking racism in a new lawsuit, including labeling her employees as "whores" and "dirty Mexicans," is reporting.

Maria Armendariz is also accused of not paying workers overtime at her eatery, Lorenzo & Maria's Kitchen, on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

MEL AUDIO TAPE #1:  Mel Gibson's Racist Rant

The lawsuit was filed March 8 by ex-employees Inelia Gabriela Ortega and Enriqueta Luna, who claim they worked at the establishment for 12 years on shifts that were approximately 14 hours per day with only one day off a week.

Article continues below advertisement

Luna, 48, told website, that Armendariz called her a "Mexican whore" and "prostitute" everyday.

MEL AUDIO TAPE #2: Mel Gibson Admits Hitting Oksana, Threatens To Kill Her

"She told me I was an a**faced Mexican, and that I came to the U.S. to rob Americans' money," Luna charges.

In the court documents, Luna alleges Armendariz -- "who is light-skinned and is from Uruguay" -- would regularly call Luna "an old, fat woman with a 'big a--' that was 'darker than a donkey.'"

MEL AUDIO TAPE #3: Another Mel Gibson Slur Caught On Tape In Crazed Rage

Armendariz's boyfriend Nicodemus Pedraza, is accused in the lawsuit of exposing himself to -- and propositioning  -- Luna with no consequence from Armendariz.

"The woman told me that I was crazy, that I was a hag," Luna tells "I was always very respectful: I wasn't trying to provoke my boss or her boyfriend."

Ortega alleges similar abuse in her dealings with Armendariz and Pedraza.

Breaking News
Article continues below advertisement

MEL AUDIO TAPE #4: Out Of Control Mel Gibson Says He’ll Burn Down House After Demanding Sex

"She would call me the 'whore of the house,'" Ortega, 57, claims. "She said that I was going to rob her -- that I came to America to steal."

Ortega alleges that she was also sexually harassed by Pedraza in the form of goosing, and was chastised by Armendariz when she groused of the treatment.

MEL AUDIO TAPE #5: Mel Gibson Completely Loses It: ‘B*tch, C*nt, Wh*re, Gold Digger!’

"She said it was our fault, because we're 'loose women.'" she claims.



Opt-out of personalized ads

© Copyright 2023 Radar Media Group LLC. RADAR and RADARONLINE are registered trademarks. All rights reserved. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services. Offers may be subject to change without notice.