A Thai restaurant in Pleasanton, California has been ordered to pay $170,000 to its employees after federal regulators determined it violated overtime laws.
The findings came from an investigation helmed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), and revealed violations of federal law involving employee overtime pay. Here are some details about the investigation:
Workers’ rights and wages are governed by federal law (as well as state law in some states) under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Per the FLSA:
U.S. employment laws have evolved when it comes to protecting workers’ rights and ensuring they are paid for the work they have done. Unfortunately, employers throughout the nation continually violate federal law proscribed in the Fair Labor Standards Act by misclassifying employees, enacting various non-permitted pay arrangements, or refusing to pay workers correctly for their overtime work.
As public records show, such violations are not uncommon in the restaurant industry. The WHD publishes its investigations into overtime violations on its website, and provides a database for workers who believe they may be entitled to unpaid wage – which you can visit here.
At Bailey Cowan Heckaman, our Houston-based lawyers represent clients nationwide in a range of employment and overtime law matters, including FLSA claims, wage and hour disputes, and cases involving all types of overtime violations. If you have questions about your rights and legal options, call or contact us online. BCH proudly serves clients nationwide.