US Labor Department sues restaurants over overtime pay
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against the owner and managers of two Rhode Island restaurants alleging they didn’t pay 11 workers properly for working overtime.
WPRI-TV reports the restaurants named in the lawsuit are Madeira Restaurant Inc. and The Waterfront Restaurant and Lounge Inc., also known as Al’s Waterfront Restaurant and Marina, in East Providence.
Labor Department attorneys say the restaurant owner and managers violated overtime and record keeping requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The lawsuit says employees were paid in cash at the straight-time rate instead of time-and-a half when working overtime.
The department is seeking $90,261 in back wages and damages.
A person who answered the phone at one restaurant Monday said the owner is away on vacation.
Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com