Central Islip - (WALK) $262,887 worth of justice will be served to 70 workers who were cheated out of minimum wages and overtime at two sushi restaurants in Nassau, according to federal prosecutors.
The restaurants, Xaga Sushi in Hewlett and Merrick, and their president, Mei Yu Zhan, will pay back wages of $261,887 and $26,322 in penalties, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Tuesday.
Prosecutors say employees at the two restaurants, including kitchen staff, wait-staff and bus-people were paid a flat, monthly rate, even when some worked 50 hours-per-week, or more.
Federal minimum-wage and overtime laws require employees be paid at least time-and-a-half their regular, hourly wage when they work more than 40 hours per-week. Prosecutors say the restaurants forced employees to pool their tips to share with the kitchen staff, an illegal practice.
An accountant for the restaurant claimed the company has been in compliance with federal law since December of 2012, and any violations are unintentional. Prosecutors say their investigation was prompted by a complaint filed at U.S. District Court in Central Islip in August.
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