The US Department of Labor has retrieved $167,000 in unpaid overtime compensation and damages on behalf of 17 employees who were not properly paid by a restaurant in West Virginia.

Employer: Ole Jose Grill & Cantina LLC, doing business as Ole, Jose Grill & Cantina
Employer Address: 564 River Drive Ave., Pineville, WV 24784

Investigation Findings:
During an investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, it was discovered that Ole Jose Grill & Cantina LLC, operating as Ole, Jose Grill & Cantina, had violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. The violations involved the improper payment of tipped employees, misclassification of one employee as an independent contractor, and failure to pay overtime premiums and keep accurate records for kitchen staff.

Back Wages Recovered:
As a result of the investigation, a total of $83,632 was recovered in back wages for 17 employees.

Liquidated Damages Paid:
In addition to the back wages, Ole Jose Grill & Cantina LLC also paid $83,632 in liquidated damages.

According to Wage and Hour Division District Director John DuMont in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, “Many restaurant workers struggle to make ends meet and they deserve to be paid for all hours worked. Employers who shortchange their employees will be held accountable.”

For More Information:
If you have questions about the Fair Labor Standards Act or other laws enforced by the Wage and Hour Division, you can contact their toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). You can also visit their website for more information and use their search tool to determine if you may be owed back wages collected by the division.  

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