Four Philadelphia restaurants have been hit with wage theft lawsuits. The lawsuits allege overtime and pay violations against La Casa de tu Madre (previously known as Growler’s), The King’s Corner Pub, The Drake Tavern, and Prime Time Beef and Ale.
In the lawsuit against La Casa de tu Madre, a former Pastry Chef/Sous Chef claims that he generally worked 50 hours in a given workweek but was not paid overtime for hours worked. Instead, La Casa de tu Madre paid him the same $600 weekly salary for all of his hours worked. Restaurant workers are required to be paid time and a half for all hours worked over 40 in a week. Paying employees on a salary deprives workers of their overtime pay.
The lawsuit against The King’s Corner Pub, The Drake Tavern and Prime Time Beef and Ale alleges that each of the three restaurants failed to pay any overtime wages for hours worked over 40 per workweek to any of their overtime-eligible employees. A former dishwasher filed the case, alleging that despite typically working 45-50 hours per week, the restaurants failed to pay overtime wages to their kitchen workers.