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Restaurant owes back wages; owners wrangle over who pays

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Las Limas restaurant in Angola has been ordered to pay 20 workers roughly $40,000 in back wages for numerous wage violations.

A two-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor found that kitchen staff were improperly paid on a salary basis and denied overtime. Waitstaff were paid sub-minimum wage and shorted on overtime pay.

Javier Lopez, former owner of the restaurant, said in an e-mail to the Angola Herald Republican, “As a result of growing my business so quickly, I was not following up with my employees on their clock-outs.”

Juan Gonzalez, the restaurant’s new owner, says the former owner should pick up the back-wage tab. But a DOL spokesman told the Herald Republican that regardless of current ownership, the Las Limas corporation is responsible for paying the back wages.

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