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Another NYC Restaurant Sued by DOL For Wage and Hour Violations

January 7, 2011

In a recent blog, our Newport Beach employment lawyers discussed a recent U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) lawsuit, where the department recovered over $430,000 in minimum wages, overtime pay, and other monetary damages after employers in a New York City restaurant allegedly violated federal wage and hour laws.

The DOL has targeted another New York City restaurant this week, suing the Da Vinci Group Corporation, doing business at Joe G's Restaurant and The Da Vinci Hotel, as well as Giuseppe Galvano, the president of the corporation for alleged wage and hour violations.

According to the DOL, investigations into Joe G's Restaurant at the Da Vinci Hotel, found that the hotel allegedly violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) by not paying employees the federal minimum wage and overtime since at least July 23, 2007, and for failure to keep adequate records of employees' paid wages. The department is searching for all employees who have been affected by the violations of wage and hour laws since this date.

As our employment lawyers in Anaheim, California reported in a related blog, under the FLSA, covered employees must be paid the minimum of $7.25 per hour as well as overtime pay for one and one-half their hourly rates for any work over 40-hours in a week. Under federal law, employers are also required to maintain accurate employee records for all hours worked, as well as other conditions of employment, and are prohibited from retaliating against employees who exercise their lawful rights.

The Wage and Hour Division of the DOL claimed that this lawsuit puts makes employers take notice that federal wage and hour violations will not be tolerated, and the department will not hesitate to enforce the law by taking legal action.

If you or someone you know in Orange County, California, has experienced violations of wage and hour laws, our Anaheim-based team of attorneys and professionals can help. Contact us online to schedule a free meeting, or call toll-free at 1-800-872-5925.

US Labor Department Sues New York City Hotel, Restaurant and Corporate President to Recover Employee Overtime, Back Wages and Damages, US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division Press Release, January 6, 2011

Related Web Resources:

U.S. Department of Labor: Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)