(MARIETTA, oh) - A locally owned chain of Mexican restaurants has been ordered to pay more than 300-thousand dollars in back pay.
The US Department of Labor Wage-and-Hour Division in Pittsburgh tells WMOA News that Las Trancas (loss-traun-cahs) Mexican Cuisine - headquartered in Vienna - will pay about 365,800 dollars in wages owed to 36 employees at restaurants in Marietta and Clarksburg.
The company will also pay more than 15,500 dollars in civil penalties for violations involving minimum wage, overtime pay and record-keeping violations.
Federal investigators call the violations willful and repeated, pointing out that Las Trancas was first investigated and fined for similar labor law violations in Clarksburg six years ago.
They say the pattern of employee abuse continued at Clarksburg and spread to the Marietta restaurant in the Lafayette Shopping Center.
Investigators found that Las Trancas failed to record how many hours servers worked and failed to pay them for hours worked beyond 40 in a work week. It also violated rules regarding which employees receive tips and thus do not qualify for the full minimum wage.
Las Trancas has agreed to comply with federal labor laws at all five locations and agreed to pay all back wages and penalties.
If you know of a business that is not paying its employees the wages to which they are entitled, report it to the Wage and Hour Division toll-free at 866-4-US-WAGE. That's 866-487-9243.