A restaurant in Ohio is facing a lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Labor in an attempt to recover back wages totaling roughly $21,390. An equal and separate amount is being sought in damages for a total amount of $42,780. The lawsuit is on behalf of 17 employees who worked at the restaurant.
According to the lawsuit, the Wage and Hour Division claims that the company violated FLSA regulations of overtime, minimum wage, and record keeping. As a result, the restaurant allegedly failed to pay workers for the entire amount of hours worked. The restaurant also allegedly failed to pay overtime wages when employees worked longer than the 40 hours.
The restaurant was also issued a penalty of $7,947 for their repeated FLSA violations. In a previous investigation, the restaurant was accused of withholding wages and were eventually forced to pay back a total of $33,813.
This is a situation that is all too common in the country and affects a countless number of employees in many industries. It is because of this that the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division exist. The goal is to make sure all employees are treated fairly.
At Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC, we are dedicated to protecting employees from violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. We know that there are certain rights guaranteed to employees and laws that protect service workers. If you were not paid the rightful wages owed to you, legal action may be necessary in order to recover back wages.
We are ready to help you when you need it most. We respect your rights as an employee and believe you should be paid correctly for the hours you work. Contact our wage and hour dispute attorneys to discuss your potential claim and learn if you may be able to file a lawsuit seeking the money owed to you.