Mama’s Pizzeria in Copiague, New York agreed to pay $800,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the United States Department of Labor for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The February 8, 2011 Mama’s Pizzeria Consent Judgment requires Mama’s to pay $800,000 in back wages and penalties to 40 employees.
The Department of Labor is cracking down on Long Island pizza restaurants for minimum wage and overtime violations. The Director of the Department of Labor’s Long Island District office, Irv Miljoner, announced in a press release that “Our experience has shown that many full service pizza/pasta restaurants on Long Island are willfully underpaying their employees. That was the case here. We are targeting similar employers in this industry for enforcement actions.”
February was a bad month for Long Island pizza joints. A case filed by the Department of Labor against Massapequa Park Pizza settled for $97,257 to be shared between 30 employees. Another Department of Labor’s overtime and minimum wage case against The Best Pizzeria in Bethpage, New York settled for $36,310 to be split between 17 workers. Other lawsuits by the Department of Labor are currently pending against La Bottega of Massapequa and Gino’s Pizzeria in Bellmore for similar wage and hour violations.