Court Awards Restaurant Workers over $750,000 for Unpaid Wages
On May 5, 2017, Markovits, Stock & DeMarco scored a major victory on behalf of four former employees at Los Arrieros Mexican Restaurant.
The plaintiffs–three servers and one cook–were awarded $754,148.07 in unpaid minimum wages, and other damages under the Ohio Constitution, Article II, Section 34a, the Ohio Minimum Fair Wage Standards Act, and Ohio’s Prompt Pay Act. The plaintiffs will now be permitted to move the court to require the restaurant to pay their attorneys’ fees and costs related to the action.
All of the plaintiffs worked well over 40 hours per week, sometimes as much as 70 hours per week, but they were not properly compensated for this time. The plaintiff-servers were denied minimum wage and were forced to work for only tips provided by customers. The plaintiff-cook was paid a set amount–$400 per week–for all hours worked.
In addition to the unpaid wages that the employees were denied, they have been awarded an additional two times that amount as damages under the Ohio Constitution.
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