UU. ha recuperado $37,000 para 19 empleados a quienes se les negó el pago de horas extras en dos restaurantes en el Valle del Río Grande.

Title: Taqueria Tepeque LLC Found Guilty of Defrauding Employees and Failing to Keep Required Records

Employer Name: Blanca Rosa Amezcua, doing business as Taqueria Tepeque #1 Taqueria Tepeque LLC, doing business as Taqueria Tepeque #2

Investigation Sites: Taqueria Tepeque #1 701 E. Nolana Loop, Suite 3A Pharr, TX 78577 Taqueria Tepeque #2 3700 W. Dove Suite 700 McAllen, TX 78504

Investigation Results: Investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that Taqueria Tepeque #1, owned by Blanca Rosa Amezcua, and Taqueria Tepeque #2, owned by Jaqueline Chacon (daughter of Blanca Rosa Amezcua) and managed by Blanca Rosa Amezcua, violated federal law by paying non-exempt cooks, servers, and supervisors hourly wages for all hours worked and failing to pay the required 50% overtime rate for hours worked over 40 in a workweek. Additionally, the employers failed to maintain required federal records.

In 2023, the division found that over $29 million was owed to nearly 26,000 workers in the food service industry. On January 10, 2024, the department published a final rule, effective March 11, 2024, adjusting the department’s guidance on how to determine who is an employee and who is an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act. More information on the final rule can be found online.

Back Wages and Damages: 19 employees were paid $37,329 in back wages and damages.

Quote: “Employers are legally responsible for keeping track of and paying employees for all hours worked, including paying the required 50% overtime rate for hours worked over 40 in a workweek,” said District Director Cynthia Cantu-Flores in McAllen, Texas. “Employers are responsible for knowing and complying with the law. The U.S. Department of Labor offers many online resources that explain employers’ obligations and workers’ rights.”  

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