A chef claims the Friars Club played a sick joke on him — failing to pay for his medical insurance and firing him after he fell ill and racked up $400,000 in bills.
Massimo Carbone, 53, was executive chef at the legendary Midtown club for less than a year when he got sick with flu-like symptoms in February and called out of work, according to his Manhattan federal lawsuit against the club.
The illness landed him in Lenox Hill Hospital, where he suffered from sepsis and underwent two surgeries for a digestive condition called a colovesical fistula, he says.
After his release in March, he sought time to recoup, but the club fired him from the $125,000-a-year job, court papers claim.
“First, I was fighting for my life, then losing my job, and now I’m losing my house … They did a scam on me,” he told The Post.
Friars Club spokesman Jules Feiler said Carbone told the club that he had his own insurance and never asked for medical coverage.
He added that Carbone was terminated “for a number of reasons, nothing to do with his health.”
Carbone is seeking unspecified damages.