Via Marconi Pizza Pub, a bar and restaurant based in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, will pay $362,988 in back wages and liquidated damages to 25 employees for overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The Department of Labor investigation found that from July 2, 2016, to March 23, 2019, Via Marconi Pizza Pub violated the FLSA when it failed to pay kitchen employees overtime when they worked more than 40 hours in a workweek. The workers allege they were working between 46 and 73 hours per week, earning straight-time rates, sometimes in unrecorded cash, for overtime hours. The restaurant also failed to maintain required records of the number of hours employees worked.
Under the FLSA, kitchen employees should be paid at a rate of one-and-a-half times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. For example, if a pizza maker in Pennsylvania was making
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