The U.S. Department of Labor sued a Massachusetts restaurant chain, claiming it worked some employees more than 60 hours per week without paying overtime and falsified time clocks to make it appear the workers stayed within 40 hours, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
According to the Department of Labor, Mayuri Indian Cuisine locations in Central Massachusetts and Boston owe their cooks, food preppers and waitstaff back pay for overtime they earned through working long hours and six-day weeks. According to the complaint, the servers and kitchen staff were working up to 62 hours per week, though the restaurant only recorded the first 40. The restaurants required employees punch in and punch out at times that did not accurately reflect the number of hours worked and asked their workers to sign inaccurate time sheets.
Under the FLSA, restaurants are required to pay their employees time-and-a-half, or 1.5 times their regular rate of pay, for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. For example, if a line cook was earning $15.00 per hour, all their hours over 40 in a workweek should be paid at $22.50.
If you are a restaurant worker and have questions about your overtime wages, or believe you may be a victim of wage theft, please call the attorneys at Pechman Law Group at 212-583-9500 to schedule a free consultation.