PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Two Philadelphia restaurants have violated minimum wage laws and have been ordered to pay their employees over $800,000 in back pay.
Mixto and Tierra Colombiana have been ordered to pay 156 employees to resolve federal wage violations.READ MORE: SEPTA Union Unanimously Approves Strike If Deal Isn't Reached
Attorney Pilar Castillo of the Department of Labor, says this was a case of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act on a routine basis.READ MORE: Police Investigating Crash, Car Fire In Bensalem
“Employees at both of these restaurants regularly worked overtime, which is defined under the act as anything over 40-hours a week,” Castillo said. “But the employees in this case were not paid the time and a half for that overtime.”
In addition, she says, workers were docked pay if they broke dishes while on duty, which is also illegal.MORE NEWS: Double Shooting In Eastwick Kills 25-Year-Old Man, Wounds Pregnant Woman: Police
Restaurant Jorge Mosquera now has 14 months to make the payments to bartenders, servers, barbacks and other workers who were shorted on their paychecks.