Employees of the Seafood Peddler restaurant in San Rafael have netted $185,000 after a jury determined the restaurant and its owner retaliated against them for cooperating with a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation into the eatery’s pay practices.
Investigators alleged that, starting in 2011, the owner threatened and then retaliated against employees who cooperated with the WHD.
The WHD uncovered widespread Fair Labor Standards Act violations, including failure to pay proper overtime wages and poor record-keeping.
Eventually the WHD sued, and the matter went before a jury, which awarded the employees back pay and damages to compensate them for retaliation.
Following the verdict, a federal judge ordered the owner to stop retaliating against employees and to pay them the $185,000 in back wages and penalties.