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Maria Baum, who teamed up with Tracy Anderson womens bikinis sale
and Gwyneth Paltrow to create popular fitness studios, brought award-winning bartender Darnell Holguin on board in 2014 to develop Splash mixers.
Holguin says he suit underwear
invented the recipes for the mixers, attended pitch meetings, and promoted the product– helping secure partnerships with Yankee Stadium and the Gansevoort Hotel.
Despite the rendering of substantial time and service over the past two years, Plaintiff has received zero compensation, or proper credit, his suit says.
Instead, Baum and her business partner Hillary Pereira, systematically and intentionally used Mr. Holguin in furtherance of their own selfish and unjust gains, the suit says.
The duo also allegedly refused to publicly recognize Holguin as the official tastemaker and mixologist for the company.
Baum raised $5 million for the company—then “decided to treat Mr. Holguin like a peasant, and offered him 1 percent of net profits, which effectively amounts to bupkis,” he gripes in the Bronx Supreme Court suit.
The 31-year-old mixologist, who tends bar at Bathtub Gin in Chelsea, is suing for $500,000 in back wages plus a bigger slice of the company.
Hes provided over 200 text messages and 1,000 emails with Pereira and others to show the extraordinary amount of time, energy, talents..and contributions he made to Splashes from 2014 to 2016, court papers show.
Pereira and Baum sought him out because of his status as a famed cocktail slinger, the South Bronx resident says.
He won the U.S. Bartenders Guilds cocktail showcase last year and was nominated as a finalist for TimeOut New Yorks Best Bartender of the Year in 2015.
A lawyer for Baum and Pereira did not immediately return a message seeking comment, but they deny the claims in court papers.
They also downplays Holguins role in the company claiming he was no more than a taste tester who was offered the 1 percent cut in exchange for minimal consulting services.
A judge has ordered the two sides to try and resolve the dispute through mediation by Oct. 15.