State Labor officials have fined two Ukiah restaurants more than $1.8 million for wage-and-hour violations involving 47 workers over a three-year period. The complaint alleged the workers were not paid minimum wage or proper overtime.
The owners of Walter Café and Ruen Tong Thai Cuisine will pay $1,616,658 in back wages and $189,250 in penalties for violations that occurred from June 2010 through June 2013.
The California Department of Industrial Relation’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), stated that the restaurant workers regularly worked at least 11.5 hours a day, up to seven days a week with no meal breaks, no minimum wage for all the hours worked and no overtime pay. Some workers were forced to sign timecards that falsely showed only five to six work hours each day, while other workers were paid in cash with no information on the total hours worked, rate of pay or deductions provided. In all, the state found 1,267 violations.