Update: Thursday, January 24, 2013 passed, and we have still not heard from the California Department of Labor as to whether or not Emil Hermozi has ignored their order to pay Libertad Green, paid them (in order to pay her), or appealed the results of the hearing.
Monday, January 14, 2013, at approximately 1:30 p.m., Libertad Green and I attended a hearing at the California Department of Labor in downtown Los Angeles, California. Neither Chef Kurt Ehrlich, nor Emil Hermozi, nor any other representatives of the Hollywood Pasta Company appeared to defend themselves.
The judge found in favor of Libertad Green, so she stands to receive approximately $3,600 from Emil Hermozi because Chef Kurt Ehrlich failed to pay her $112.50 for catering seven and a half hours at Roger Neal's Oscar Swag Party at L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills, Monday, February 20, 2012.
Chef Ehrlich had verbally agreed to pay Libertad $15 per hour for helping him cater at the Oscar swag party for four days, from February 20th to February 23rd, 2012, but after the first day, she decided to quit. When I picked her up from 'LErmitage at approximately 6:15 p.m. on the 20th, she was so upset that I drove her directly to the Hollywood Pasta Company, where I confronted Chef Ehrlich in the parking lot as soon as he returned with the remains of the food he had served that day. I informed him that Libertad would not work for him anymore, and asked him to pay her. He refused, and made no indication that he ever intended to pay her.
From there, I drove directly to the Burbank Police Station, where a police officer suggested that we file a complaint across the street, at the Court House.
Instead, we later decided to file a complaint with the California Department of Labor, after Chef Ehrlich failed to respond to repeated PayPal bills which she sent him.
Roger Neal answered his phone almost immediately, when I called him that night (Monday, February 20, 2012), but refused to provide the sign-in roster to prove Libertad Green had shown up for work in his suite, and he disavowed any knowledge of who she is, although he witnessed Chef Kurt Ehrlich and his assistant, Christina Veloz, abusing her for seven and a half hours in his tiny suite. They verbally abused her almost constantly for the entire seven and a half hour period, without giving her a break to eat the sandwich in her purse. At one point, one of them asked her to bring them two bottles of water; when she did, they drank them in front of her without offering her any.
In the months following the swag party, Libertad Green and I had this conversation, apparently with Chef Ehrlich, on Libertad's YouTube Channel:
chefkurte 6 months ago
BTW: Bai Ling attended the swag party, getting her nails done as Libertad Green passed trays of food over her head, because the suite was so small.
Update: On Wednesday, January 16, 2013, Libertad Green received notification, via snail mail, of the results of her hearing, which indicated that Mr. Hermozi had only ten days to appeal the judgment in Libertad's favor, which would be on Thursday, January 24, 2013.
Update: The California Department of Labor found that Emil Hermozi owes Libertad Green approximately $4,000, and we have contracted a collection agency to collect it, but the Hollywood Pasta Company has gone out of business. Last we heard, "Chef" Kurt Ehrlich was working at a waffle house.