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Taqueria shells out $33,000 for wage-and-hour violations

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Taqueria La Herradura in Pharr, Texas, has paid more than $33,000 in damages to its kitchen staff following a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation.

Investigators found the restaurant paid varying rates to its kitchen staff—all of which were less than minimum wage. Additionally, the restaurant failed to pay workers time and a half when they worked more than 40 hours in a week. WHD also determined the employer was not keeping accurate time records for its employees.

The restaurant agreed to fork over the back pay, raise all hourly rates to at least minimum wage and maintain accurate time records moving forward.

Punny business: Employers have to listen to their abogados as well as their bean counters. Scrutiny from regulators can chip away at morale. Elaborate schemes to cut employee pay is nacho best option.

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