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Feds Crack Down on Wage and Hour Violations in NY Restaurants

April 15, 2011

Our Santa Ana employment attorneys recently discussed a Los Angeles-area wage and hour lawsuit, where restaurant employees were cheated out of their hard-earned wages after their employer failed to pay them proper overtime compensation for their hours worked--a frequent problem in low wage industries, leading the federal government to crack down on such companies who aren't complying with the wage and hour laws of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

In yet another news story about of wage theft among low-wage workers, the federal government has recently gone after a group of restaurants in Westchester and Rockland counties in the state of New York, by filing a wage and hour lawsuit, after the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) investigated the restaurants and accused the employers of violating the FLSA by failing to pay employees minimum wage and overtime compensation according to federal law. The employees also claimed that they were discriminated against after attempting to exercise their federal wage and hour rights and complain about the violations.

The three restaurants, American Beauty Diner, American Dream Diner, and American Classic Diner, were all named in the lawsuit, as well as the owners and managers of the restaurants. The employers are also being accused of failing comply with FLSA's recordkeeping regulations.

The lawsuit reportedly seeks to obtain overtime backpay for the low-wage workers who were employed at the restaurants from February 2008 until the present. As our Carson employment attorneys stated in a previous post, under federal law, all covered employees must be paid the minimum of $7.25, the federal minimum wage, for every hour worked in a 40-hour workweek. For any hours worked beyond 40, employees must be paid an overtime rate of one and one-half times their regular pay rate.

In Orange County, California, our labor and employment attorneys represent individuals who have experienced minimum wage and overtime violations in the workplace, and are seeking a recovery. Contact us today, to discuss your wage and hour rights.

Feds: 3 Diners Violated Fair Labor Standards Act, March 23, 2011

Related Web Resources:

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

Related Blog Posts:

DOL Wage and Hour Division Audits for Low Wage Industry Violations, California Employment Lawyers Blog, July 20, 2010

New Study Reveals More Abuse of Low-wage Workers in Los Angeles, California Employment Lawyers Blog, January 11, 2010