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Restaurant Owner Ordered to Pay for Labor Violations


The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered the owner of a Vanderburgh County restaurant to pay more than $300,000 in back wages and overtime pay. 


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In a release, the federal agency said the owner of Los Tres Caminos on Highway 41 North was ordered to compensate 21 employees.

The owner, Los Tequila Inc., is also ordered to pay an $18,000 penalty for being a repeat violator.

Investigators allege Los Tequila violated the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage and overtime requirements by paying servers for only up to 40 hours a week and failing to pay them any wages for any additional hours they worked.

The Labor Department said servers typically worked more than 40 hours every week.

An investigation in 2008 found the company perpetrated the same violations at a restaurant in Peru, Indiana.