$570K in BackPay for D.C.-Area Johnny Rockets Workers Denied Minimum Wages and Overtime

Servers at Washington, D.C-area Johnny Rockets restaurants who were gipped out of their wages have cause for celebration.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced yesterday that it a D.C. federal district court ordered  the owners of two DC-area Rockets restaurants to pay $571,460 in back wages to 55 servers denied the minimum wage and overtime.

The judgment resolves a lawsuit filed by the department after an investigation by its Wage and Hour Division focused on the fast food restaurants’ franchise locations at Union Station in the District of Columbia, and in Arlington, Virginia. The lawsuit sought to recover $285,730 in minimum wages and overtime back wages, including the misappropriated tips, plus an equal amount in liquidated damages, for the 55 employees.

The investigation found that as early as February 2013 until at least May 2015, the defendants violated the Fair Labor Standards Act when they required 55 servers to contribute a portion of their total tips back to the employer, who then distributed the money to cooks and dishwashers, who were not tipped employees. Also, in doing so, the employer paid servers less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 as required.

Additionally, the defendants failed to pay required overtime wages to employees when they worked more than 40 hours in a week, and did not keep accurate records of all hours worked by employees.

The consent judgment orders the defendants to pay $285,730 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages.


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