Student Wins $217K Settlement in Le Cordon Bleu Mass Lawsuit
A plaintiff was recently awarded $217,000 in the first settlement agreement in one of the numerous lawsuits against Le Cordon Bleu – College of Culinary Arts. While certain media outlets are identifying the litigation as a class action, the cases are being settled individually through arbitration or out of court.
Since 2008, over 1,000 lawsuits have been filed suit against Le Cordon Bleu alleging the school falsely advertised inflated placement statistics and misled prospective students with promises of lucrative post-graduate employment as a chef. The marketing materials suggested graduates of their program were trained to be well-respected chefs and as many 96% of graduates found work as chefs. The plaintiffs allege they were encouraged to take out student loans to pay for the expensive culinary program under the presumption they would be earning at least $75,000/year as chefs after graduation. Data presented in the lawsuit noted the average annual salary of a restaurant chef-owner at about $80,000. In reality, the majority of Le Cordon Bleu graduates are employed in entry level positions, earning between $8 and $12 per hour, and unable to pay back their school loans.
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