Five Long Island eateries will pay $966,000 in back wages to busboys, counter personnel, dishwashers and cooks to settle a U.S. Labor Department lawsuit. The wages cover two years in which the employees, mostly Hispanic immigrants, worked up to 60 hours per week without overtime compensation.
Final note: Back-wage lawsuits are hot—they’re practically a cottage industry for some attorneys. Protect your company by prohibiting hourly employees from working off the clock. Even working through a 10-minute break, when multiplied out over a number of employees and a period of years, can quickly add up to an expensive lawsuit.