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Caterer to serve up $278,000 in back wages and fines

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in Human Resources,Overtime Labor Laws

Eight years after being flagged for similar violations, Long Island’s Chateau Briand catering company has been burned again for illegal pay practices.

In 2005, Chateau Briand settled nearly identical charges that it violated state and federal minimum wage and overtime laws.

In that case, it agreed to pay nearly $176,000 in back wages to 408 workers.

This time around, the price tag is somewhat higher. Because many of the same practices are still in place, the federal judge handling the current case brought the caterer a side order of contempt charges.

The final check at Chateau Briand’s table includes $230,000 in back wages and overtime pay. Separate checks will go to 88 employees.

The caterer must also fork over $25,000 to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) for its investigation, plus $23,000 in interest.

Chateau Briand neither admitted nor denied any wrongdoing, but the WHD investigation revealed Chateau Briand failed to pay overtime and minimum wage to kitchen employees, including dishwashers and cooks, when they worked as many as 59 hours a week.

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