Mexican Restaurant Chain to Pay $230,000 in Back Wages and Damages for FLSA Violations

 
Thursday, December 11, 2014
 

Chapala Mexican Restaurant, a Boise-area restaurant chain, will pay $230,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 51 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found overtime violations at its Boise, Nampa, Garden City and McCall locations. Investigators with the department’s Wage and Hour Division found that the restaurant owners failed to compensate cooks, tipped employees and other staff for all hours worked, plus time and one-half for hours worked beyond 40 per week, as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The FLSA requires that covered employees be paid at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, as well as one and one-half times their regular rates for every hour they work beyond 40 per week. The law also requires employers to maintain accurate records of employees’ wages, hours and other conditions of employment.

The FLSA provides that employers who violate the law are generally liable to employees for their back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages, which are paid directly to the affected employees.

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