230 This Is It! BBQ & Seafood employees receive back pay - CBS46 News

230 This Is It! BBQ & Seafood employees receive back pay

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The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $104,089 in back wages for 230 restaurant workers employed by Fayetteville-based This Is It! BBQ & Seafood at five of its Georgia locations.

The investigation uncovered violations of the minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The department also fined the company $1,867 for allowing minors to work later than allowed by federal law.

"The restaurant industry is rife with wage violations and evasive business practices – such as paying employees ‘off the books,' making illegal deductions from workers' wages and improperly classifying FLSA-covered employees as exempt from the act's overtime pay protections – all of which deny low-wage and vulnerable workers the pay guaranteed to them by law," said Oliver Peebles III, regional administrator of the Wage and Hour Division in Atlanta. "The Wage and Hour Division has stepped up its enforcement efforts to remedy systemic wage violations in high-risk industries in order to protect workers against such exploitation and ensure a level playing field for honest employers who play by the rules and pay fair compensation for all hours of their employees' work."

The company's restaurants in Fayetteville, Lithonia, East Point and two locations in Decatur were found to owe back pay to their employees.

Employees who worked at any of these restaurants between March 2009 and February 2011 should contact the Wage and Hour Division's Atlanta office at 404-893-4600 to find out whether they are owed any back wages.

This Is It! BBQ & Seafood has agreed to maintain future compliance with the FLSA by keeping accurate records and paying full and proper wages for all hours that employees work. As part of this commitment, the business has retained a payroll company to assist with correctly computing overtime compensation for tipped employees.

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