DOL: Meat Market On Hook for $149K in Back Wages, Damages for FLSA Overtime Violations

Eight employees at a Selma, California meat market will share in $149,000 in back wages and damages resulting from the market’s failure to pay them overtime, the U.S. Department of Labor announced last Friday, February 5.

According to the DOL, Alfonso’s Carniceria, Inc., doing business as Alfonso’s Meat Market, failed to pay cashiers, prep cooks and the butcher’s assistant for all the hours that they worked. In addition, the company paid two butchers flat salaries, without regard to how many hours they worked. This resulted in the employer failing to pay these workers overtime for hours they worked beyond 40 in a week. The firm also failed to maintain records required by the FLSA.

It’s the latest instance of the DOL holding restaurants’ feet to the fire when it comes to complying with the nation’s wage and hour laws.  In January DOL got 10 restaurants of the San Jose Mexican Restaurants chain in North Carolina to agree to pay $511,745 in back wages to 125 employees unlawfully deprived of their proper pay.

Here’s the Feb. 5 announcement of the action against Alfonso’s Meat Market.

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