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Feds: LI Restaurants Cheated Hundreds of Low-Wage Workers

Brooklyn - (WALK) More than 300 workers will receive their share of a $1.7 million judgment against seven Long Island restaurants, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The ruling at U.S. District Court in Brooklyn Wednesday named six restaurants in Suffolk and one in Nassau County (Rockville Centre) on behalf of 363 workers, mostly wait-staff and kitchen help.

The restaurants were found in violation of the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act by engaging in practices including paying workers less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour; not keeping records of hours worked and wages paid to employees; failing to pay time-and-a-half for overtime work beyond 40 hours per week; keeping some tips intended for employees; and paying employees off the books.

The restaurants named in the consent judgments are: Good Taste Buffet, Commack; Kumo, in Stony Brook; Crystal Garden, in Ronkonkoma; Nishiki, in Selden; Crystal Garden Buffet, Riverhead; Hotoke, Smithtown; and Kashi, in Rockville Centre, according to published accounts. The violations took place between 2011 and 2013, according to labor officials.

Investigations during the past fiscal year have resulted in 71 consent judgments resulting in $6.4 million in back wages on behalf of more than 1,300 Long Island workers, according to the Department of Labor.

Seal: U.S. Dept. of Labor


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