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Mexican Restaurant Chain Fined $400K for Minimum Wage and Overtime Violations

February 12, 2011

Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis and the over 250-member staff at the U.S. Department of Labor continue to be committed to fighting for low-wage and vulnerable worker rights in this country, as our Irvine, California labor and employment attorneys have noticed by the recent announcement of yet another recovery made by the department's Wage and Hour Division, where $400,000 in back wages were recovered for 129 low-wage workers in series of Mexican restaurant chains in Ohio.

The recent DOL investigation reportedly found that six Mexican El Mariachi restaurants, owned by Miguel Castro, were in violation of federal wage and hour laws by denying employees minimum wage and overtime pay, by failing to compensate tipped employees with a minimum hourly wage rate, as well as failing to pay overtime to employees who were on salary. Castro was also fined $11,000 for willfully repeating violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Low-wage workers in this country, with limited employment options are vulnerable and are often not aware of their employment rights under federal labor laws, according to George Victory, the Wage and Hour's Columbus Division's district director. Victory stated that The DOL will continue to ensure that businesses pay their workers fairly, without engaging in wage theft, and that any workers who are taken advantage of are properly compensated for their work time.

As Solis stated in an address from last year, federal labor laws are in place for the protection of all workers, and low-wage workers should not be cheated out of their rightful wages just so employers can gain a marketplace advantage. The DOL continues to remind employers that the Labor department will not hesitate to go after companies who violate wage and hour laws that are in place to protect the rights of every worker in America.

Howard Law, PC represents individuals who have been victims of Orange County, California wage and hour violations. Our seasoned attorneys and professionals are well versed in the Fair Labor Standards Act as well as California Labor Codes, and can help you understand your labor and employment rights. For a free consultation, contact us today.

Owner of Mexican restaurant chain involved in labor violations, Twinsburg Bulletin, February 11, 2011

US Labor Department recovers nearly $400,000 in back wages for 129 workers at 9 Mexican restaurants in Ohio, U.S. Department of Labor Press Release, February 9, 2011

Related Web Resources:

Department of Labor (DOL): Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

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New Study Reveals More Abuse of Low-wage Workers in Los Angeles, California Employment Lawyers Blog, January 11, 2010

U.S. Labor Department Launches "We Can Help" Campaign to Enforce Wage and Hour Laws, California Employment Lawyers Blog, April 2, 2010