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Omaha restaurant ordered to pay $146,000 in back wages

January 9, 2019

The owners of an Omaha restaurant have been ordered to pay nearly $146,000 in back wages for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday that a federal court in Omaha has entered a consent judgment against China Palace Inc. and its owners, Miao Hui Zhang and Jian Zhang, ordering them to pay $145,987 in back wages, liquidated damages and interest to eight current and former employees.

The Labor Department said in a news release that an investigation found repeat and willful violations of minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping requirements. The business also was ordered to pay an additional $8,800 civil money penalty.

The Labor Department said the restaurant had been previously investigated, and had failed to make any changes to come into compliance with the law.

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