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Indian Restaurants in the Los Angeles Area to Pay Around $95K in Back Wages

April 14, 2011

Our attorneys recently reported on the wage and hours laws under the Fair Labor Standards Act in an Anaheim, California employment lawyers blog--discussing overtime, minimum wage and record-keeping provisions of the act.

In recent news, two Los Angeles-area Indian restaurants under Jay Bharat Foods Inc. will pay $94,870 in back wages for 22 employees, after the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) found that employees of both restaurants were required to work an average of fifty-five hours per week and weren't paid overtime. According to the DOL, when the employees worked over 40 hours in a workweek, they were paid for "straight time" rather than overtime, which under the FLSA should be time and one-half of their regular rate pay. The Artesia, California company was also found to have violated federal laws by failing to keep accurate records of the employee's wages and hours worked.

Chandrakant Patel, the owner of the both stores, Jay Bharat and Standard Sweets and Snacks, has agreed to compensate the 22 workers with their back wages and has reportedly made a commitment to comply with the federal wage and hour laws and regulations in the future.

As our Riverside employment attorneys have reported before, under the FLSA an employer must pay at least $7.25, the federal minimum wage, for every hour worked in a forty-hour workweek. For any hours worked beyond forty in a workweek, an employer must pay the worker one and one-half their regular pay rates. This includes incentive compensation, bonuses and commissions.

In Fullerton, Brea, Anaheim, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, and other Orange County, California cities, contact Howard Law, PC today.

US Department of Labor recovers nearly $95,000 in back wages for 22 employees of Los Angeles-area Indian restaurants, U.S. Department of Labor Press Release, April 4, 2011

Related Web Resources:

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

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Hyatt Sued in California Class-action Wage and Hour Lawsuit, California Employment Lawyers Blog, March 24, 2011

U.S. DOL Recovers $339K in Back Wages for Electrical Mechanics, California Employment Lawyers Blog, December 7, 2010