In recent Costa Mesa employment lawyer news, the Los Angeles-based Japanese restaurant group, Bishamon Group Restaurants, has recently agreed to pay 66 employees $144,721 in back wages after the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) found the company responsible for systemic violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act in seven different restaurant locations based in Covina, Los Angeles, Arcadia, Monterey Park and Costa Mesa, California.
According to the federal DOL investigation, employees working for restaurants under the names of Tamon, Bento-ya, Bishamon, Ebisu Japanese Tavern and Daikokuya, were averaging 40 to 50 hours of work every week and but were only being compensated for straight time instead of receiving overtime compensation--which according to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), should have been one and one-half their regular pay rates for any hours worked over 40 in a workweek. Federal wage and hour laws require that covered employees are paid the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour for all hours worked, plus overtime compensation when working over 40 hours in a week.
The employees were also reportedly issued payroll checks for their regular work hours and but were paid cash at the straight time rate for overtime hours--a violation of federal labor laws. One of the workers investigated was also not issued a final check for his hours worked.
The Wage and Hour Division of the DOL reportedly learned of the employer's FLSA violations through its participation in the Employment Education and Outreach partnership, (EMPLEO), an alliance of government agencies and organizations that aid Spanish-speaking employees and workers who are concerned about federal wage and hour violations in the workplace, or other employment concerns.
In addition to the $144,721 in back wages, the restaurant group agreed to comply with the FLSA by implementing a time-keeping system that will properly correct and keep track of overtime wage rates for each employee, to avoid violations of federal overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the FLSA in the future.
Our attorneys at Howard Law, PC are committed to representing individuals who have experienced violations of California Labor Codes and federal wage and hour laws in Orange County and throughout Southern California. Contact us today for a free consultation about your rights.
Restaurant group to pay nearly $145,000 in back wages to 66 Southland workers following US Department of Labor investigation, U.S. Department of Labor, August 22, 2011
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