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New York Caterers reach $93K Settlement in DOL Wage and Hour Lawsuit

July 16, 2010

Our Riverside, California Employment Lawyers have been following the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) recent crackdown on labor violations across the country, to ensure that employees are receiving the appropriate wages that they have earned and are entitled to under federal law. As we reported in a recent blog, Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis announced this year that when employers don't pay employees their overtime wages, the DOL won't hesitate to enforce the law.

In keeping its promise, the DOL recently filed a wage and hour lawsuit against Sterling Caterers & Restaurant, after an investigation found that the New York company was violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), by not paying 14 employees according to minimum wage and overtime laws, as well as failing to keep accurate records to document the employment activity.

The lawsuit, filed by the DOL, claimed that the catering employees were owed back wages in the amount of $61,667, over $30,000 in liquidated damages, and over $600 in post-judgment interest. The New York catering company agreed to pay the $93,1100 this week, to settle the wage and hour lawsuit.

Under FLSA law, employees should be paid no less than the federal minimum wage for every hour worked, which is currently $7.25 per hour. Workers are also legally required to be compensated time and one-half their regular pay rate when working over 40 hours in a single week. Employers are required by law to maintain accurate records or all employee wages, hours worked, as well as other conditions of employment.

In Riverside, California and throughout Southern California, our Labor & Employment Attorneys at Howard Law, PC know how to find the best solution to your wage and hour issue. Contact us today.

Bethpage Caterers Settle Federal Labor Suit for $93K, Long Island Press.com, July 13, 2010

Related Web Resources:

"Exempt" vs. "Non Exempt" in the California Workplace, California Employment Lawyers Blog, April 15, 2010

United States Department of Labor

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