Restaurant Fined and Ordered to Pay $104,000 in Back Wages

In Tennessee and all across the country, when employees go to work each day and work hard, they expect to get paid for the hours they work and expect that their workplace will follow federal laws and guidelines. However, sometimes businesses find ways around paying their employees for the hours they work and may not even follow federal laws considering the hours in which minors are allowed to work. If you or someone you know has worked overtime hours and failed to receive overtime pay, then you should talk to a Tennessee labor overtime lawyer right away. They will hear your case and make sure you get the compensation you are entitled to by law.

In this case, a restaurant chain known as This is It! BBQ and Seafood has been ordered by the federal government to provide $104,000 in back pay to two hundred and thirty of its workers at five locations and was fined $1,900 for allowing minors to work later than allowed by federal law. This action was taken after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division nvestigated the chain restaurant and discovered violations of minimum wage, overtime pay, and record keeping provisions of Fair Labor Standards Act. The investigation found that the company improperly classified employees as being exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and failed to pay them time and a half for hours worked over forty in one work week.

The investigators determined that the employees were not paid minimum wage because the company deducted uniform expenses and lunch breaks. They also discovered that workers who were younger than sixteen were being permitted to work later than 9 p.m. between June 1st and Labor Day and later than 7 p.m. at other times of the year violating federal restrictions for younger workers. Finally, the investigation discovered that the company also failed to keep accurate records of tips earned and hours worked violating the Fair Labor Standards Act record-keeping regulations.

Owner Shelly Anthony did not comment but the company agreed to maintain future compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act by keeping accurate records and paying full and proper wages for all hours worked.

Cases just like this one happen too frequently across the United States and right here to the workers of Tennessee. If you or someone you know has worked overtime hours but have not received overtime pay then we suggest you contact one of our compassionate and experienced Tennessee employment overtime pay attorneys as soon as possible. We care about our clients and will work with you to make sure you get the compensation you deserve for the hours you have worked. Contact us online or call us at 800.705.2121 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.

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