Indus Valley Restaurant, an Indian restaurant on the Upper West Side, has been ordered by a New York Judge to pay $1.4 million in back pay and damages to five former restaurant workers for wage violations.
Indus Valley, now closed, was accused by the workers of failing to pay minimum wage, overtime, and spread of hours pay as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law. The workers who sued the restaurant included two cooks, a food runner, a waiter, and a busboy. The workers, who regularly worked up to seventy-two hours per week, were each paid a fixed weekly salary, rather than an hourly wage. They did not receive overtime payment when they worked over forty hours in a workweek. Three of the employees are also owed unpaid minimum wages.
The decision follows an inquest at which the employees gave sworn testimony about their weekly schedules and payments from Indus Valley. The owners failed to appear and were held in default by the Court. Indus Valley is ordered to pay $1,412,318.66 plus interest, for unpaid wages, liquidated and statutory damages. Laura Rodriguez, an associate at Pechman Law Group, was lead attorney on this case.
A SUBWAY restaurant located in Times Square has paid $42,500 to a sandwich preparer to settle a lawsuit alleging that the popular sandwich chain did not pay him overtime pay, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law. The lawsuit was filed against the individual franchise restaurant, as well as the SUBWAY corporation.
The sandwich preparer, also referred to within the Company as a “sandwich artist,” alleged that he worked up to 60 hours per week making sandwiches and preparing toppings, and was not paid overtime pay. The lawsuit also alleged that a store manager regularly took tips from a tip jar meant for the sandwich preparers. Federal and New York State law provides that an employer must pay overtime pay to its non-exempt employees, and that employers may not take a share of gratuities left by customers to food service employees. The sandwich artist also claimed that SUBWAY did not give him required wage notices and correct wage statements.
This is not the first time that SUBWAY has been hit with a wage lawsuit. In fact, as of 2014, SUBWAY restaurants violated the wage payment laws more than any other fast food restaurant. Indeed, in July 2016, SUBWAY entered into a SUBWAY Agreement with USDOLwith the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division to promote and achieve compliance with labor laws.
Vivianna Morales, an attorney with Pechman Law Group, was the lead attorney on behalf of the worker at SUBWAY.