Anna Fieser, co-owner of Seward's True Thai, has filed a lawsuit against employee Corey Whitchurch for fraud, reports City Pages. The lawsuit was filed with the U.S. District Court on August 20 and claims that Whitchurch committed fraud, unjust enrichment, breach of duty of loyalty and other alleged misdeeds, according to a report in the Pioneer Press. The lawsuit also claims that Whitchurch paid himself $51,000 out of True Thai's accounts between November 23 and December 21, in addition to other money.
According to the Pioneer Press, Whitchurch filed a counterclaim alleging that he was not being paid for his work and also that Fieser threw knives at him during a dispute. He claimed he is owed $139,875 in unpaid overtime, $29,957 in unpaid wages, and almost $182,000 in other damages.
According to City Pages, financial irregularities at True Thai included unpaid bills to the liquor and wine distributors, the restaurant's landlord, and the state of Minnesota. In July, the beer and wine distributors stopped delivering, which led to a loss of business. As of this week, beer is back on the menu, but Fieser told City Pages that the future of the restaurant is uncertain, and that she's considering downsizing the restaurant to focus more on take-out and delivery.
· Trouble at True Thai [City Pages]
· Minneapolis Thai Restaurant Owners in Dispute with Former Manager [Pioneer Press]
· All Coverage of True Thai [Eater MPLS]