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Taqueria Restaurant to Pay Workers Nearly $250K in Overtime Back Pay and Minimum Wages

July 15, 2011

Our Anaheim employment attorneys have discussed the topic of wage theft among low-wage workers in the restaurant industry, in a recent California employment lawyer blog, and how the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is striving to keep employers from cheating employees out of their hard-earned wages by failing to comply with federal labor laws.

In recent wage and hour news, three Houston-based Mexican restaurants by the name of Taqueria de Jalisco, were found to be in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, after a DOL investigation discovered through many employee interviews that workers were being paying salaries that equaled less than the minimum wage for all employee hours worked.

The company was also reportedly violating minimum wage laws by making illegal deductions from employees' wages that included received tips, for items such as lost restaurant flatware. Other wage and hour violations reportedly included failure to pay overtime compensation for hours worked over 40 in a workweek, and failure to keep accurate time and payroll records.

The restaurants have agreed to pay nearly $250,000 in minimum wages and overtime back pay, to 63 former and current employees, including waiters, kitchen staff and cashiers.

As our Riverside employment attorneys have discussed in a previous Orange County wage and hour lawyer blog, under the FLSA, covered employees should be paid at least the federal minimum wage, $7.25 per hour, plus one and one-half their regular pay rates for any hours worked over forty in a week, including bonuses, commissions and incentive pay. Employers are also required to maintain accurate payroll and time records.

In Orange County, California, our labor and employment attorneys represent workers who have experienced wage and hour violations in the workplace and are seeking a recovery. Contact Howard Law, PC toll-free, at 1-800-872-5925, for a free consultation about your labor and employment rights.

63 Houston-area restaurant workers to receive nearly $250,000 in minimum and overtime back wages following US Department of Labor investigation, U.S. Department of Labor Press Release, June 27, 2011

Related Web Resources:

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

Related Blog Posts:

Mexican Restaurants To Pay Over $1M in Back Wages and Overtime, California Employment Lawyers Blog, June 1, 2011

Class Action Wage and Hour Lawsuit Accuses Global Insurance Company of FLSA Violations, California Employment Lawyers Blog, May 30, 2011

Feds Crack Down on Wage and Hour Violations in NY Restaurants, California Employment Lawyers Blog, April 15, 2011

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