The Department of Labor has retrieved $157,000 in unpaid wages and compensation for 46 food service employees in the Rio Grande Valley who were not given overtime pay.

Food Truck Operator LJ2 Investments LLC Fails to Pay Overtime Wages and Keep Required Records

Employer Name: LJ2 Investments LLC, operating as Jasso Express
Investigation Site: 805 E. Ferguson Ave. Pharr, TX 78577

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recently conducted an investigation at the Jasso Express food truck operated by LJ2 Investments LLC. The findings of the investigation revealed that the employer failed to pay the required time and one-half the hourly wages to 46 catering service workers for hours worked over 40 in a workweek. Additionally, the employer was found to be in violation of federal law for failing to keep proper records.

As a result of the investigation, the division was able to recover $78,664 in back wages and an additional $78,664 in liquidated damages for the affected workers. This serves as a reminder that employers are legally obligated to pay their employees for all hours worked, including overtime, and to keep accurate records of their employees’ hours.

In the fiscal year 2023, the division has recovered over $29 million in back wages owed to nearly 26,000 workers in the food service industry. This industry is among the division’s high-violation, low-wage industries, with the third-highest amount of back wages recovered and the second-highest amount of civil money penalties assessed.

District Director Cynthia Cantu-Flores in McAllen, Texas, stated, “Federal law is very clear about paying overtime and leaves no excuse for an employer to deprive workers of their lawfully earned wages. The U.S. Department of Labor remains committed to protecting our nation’s workers and holding employers accountable.”

It is the responsibility of employers to ensure that their employees are properly compensated for their work. Failure to do so not only violates federal law but also deprives hardworking individuals of their rightful wages. The U.S. Department of Labor will continue to enforce labor laws and hold employers accountable for their actions.  

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