US-Department-of-Labor

Three restaurants in southern Minnesota and one in northern Iowa will have to pay over eight-hundred-thirty-one-thousand dollars in back wages to 113 employees following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. Investigators found violation of wage requirements at 4 area restaurants including Plaza Garibaldi in New Ulm and Redwood, La Terraza in Mankato, and Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant in Mason City, Iowa. All of these businesses are owned or partially owned by Janete Alvarez Campos. Investigators found that the restaurants required servers to “kick back” their hourly wages and work only for tips. The employer also paid bussers, food runners, cooks, and dish washers flat salaries. They also deducted the cost of uniforms from servers’ wages. At Plaza Garibaldi in New Ulm, 31 employees will be paid $390,000.

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