The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced the results of an investigation into improper employee pay involving Los Tequila Inc., the parent company of a Mexican restaurant on North 41 in Evansville.
The alleged violations occurred at Los Tres Caminos restaurant in Evansville. The owners have been ordered to pay $317,108 in minimum wage and overtime back wages to 21 employees. The company was found to be violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
WHD investigators found the company violated several laws regarding minimum wage and overtime payments for its employees. According to investigators, the company routinely denied overtime for its servers and kitchen staff.
According to a release from WHD, servers typically worked more than 40 hours per week every workweek. Additional violations allegedly occurred when the employer paid kitchen workers flat weekly salaries-- regardless of the number of hours they worked.
This practice was a violation of U.S. Labor Laws. The company has been caught engaging in similar violations in the past. According to investigators, in addition to the back wages, the employer paid $18,291 in civil money penalties due to the repeat nature of the violations.
A 2008 investigation of the Los Tres Caminos Inc., operating as Los Tres Caminos Mexican Restaurant in Peru, Indiana, found violations identical to those in the current case.
The owner of Los Tres Caminos in Evansville is the owner of the Peru restaurant and has ownership interest in eight additional Mexican-cuisine restaurants in Indiana and Illinois.