Owners of a Lexington restaurant are paying back wages, penalties and damages after a federal investigation.
Investigators with the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division in Louisville found that owners of El Mariachi Mexican restaurant failed to pay minimum wage and overtime to several employees who worked as cooks, dishwashers, and busboys, according to a news release from the department. The workers were paid a salary for all hours worked, but they weren't paid overtime. During some pay periods, the employees weren't paid minimum wage.
A complaint was filed in March against restaurants owners Jaime Magana, Abel Leon and Damian Rodriguez, and a U.S. District Court judge signed a permanent injunction Tuesday.
On Thursday, the owners agreed to pay $90,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 17 employees and paid $18,700 in civil penalties for repeat and willful violations. They also agreed to hire a consultant to audit several other restaurants that they own in Statesboro, Ga.; Lexington; Harrison and Hamilton, Ohio; and Lawrenceburg, Ind., the news release said.