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Glazed and accused: Peter Pan Donuts sued by former employee

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Greenpoint’s famed Peter Pan Donuts stiffed a long-time cook and dishwasher on overtime pay, the employee claims, and now he is suing the store’s owner over the allegedly crummy treatment.

The worker isn’t seeking cruller unusual punishment, says his attorney — he just wants the Manhatten Avenue bakery to fork over the extra dough.

“We expect Peter Pan to do the right thing and fully reimburse my client for the wages and damages he is owed,” said attorney Justin Zeller, whose client Angel Cumbe filed a suit on Monday, as first reported by the Daily News.

Cumbe claims he worked up to 60 hours a week during his nine-year tenure at the neighborhood staple — 20 hours more than an old-fashioned work week.

Workers are supposed to earn at yeast time-and-a-half for overtime hours, but the suit alleges that Peter Pan paid Cumbe flat weekly rates — around $560 at first, which was then raised to $700 during the past year, before Cumbe got fed up with the hole business and quit last month.

And to take the cake, the store paid him in cash and never provided pay-slips detailing his wages or hours worked, the complaint alleges.

Zeller is now using the long-John arm of the law to demand owner Christas Siakakis pay Cumbe up to $7,500 — which he claims amounts to $100 for every week the company creamed off wages before March of last year, and $250 for every week frittered away after that.

Donna Siakakis, Christas’ wife, said the store still hasn’t been served with any papers, and only found out about the suit when the Daily News called.

Siakakis — who said she is at the shop more than her husband and deals with the employees and the payment — said she treats her employees well, many of them have been with her for over 10 years.

“I know what I do as an employer and I have a clear conscience,” she said.

Reach reporter Allegra Hobbs at ahobbs@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–8312.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Updated with comments from Donna Siakakis.
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John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
I'm sorry, but will someone please edit this article? There are so many misspelled words that I find it difficult to digest.
Thank you in advance for you attention to this matter.
John Wasserman/Prospect Heights
Jan. 28, 2016, 1:11 pm
Gregory from Greenpoint says:
Peter Pan Donuts is on the hook for a lot of money to pay this guy. They tried to tinker with him, but now the bell is tolling. Wendy settle this case, the storeowners will be Barrie much poorer.
Jan. 28, 2016, 6:59 pm
Susan from You Know What I'm Talking About says:
Like they say - time to make the funky doughnuts!!!
Jan. 28, 2016, 10:44 pm
Steve from Greenpoint says:
Boy, there is a baker's dozen worth of puns crammed into this story. :)
Jan. 29, 2016, 10:20 am
Honey Pooter says:
Everyone knows the best doughnuts are HONEY! Damn it!
Jan. 29, 2016, 5:50 pm
Bkmanhatman from Nubrucklyn says:
That's why I go to Moe's Donuts. A former baker at Peter Pan Donuts.
Jan. 30, 2016, 7:49 am
Partridge from Brooklyn says:
I'm sorry Bkmanhatman - but are you confusing that with Doe's Momuts? That is owned by Doe, formerly of Peter Pan.
Jan. 30, 2016, 12:44 pm

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