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U.S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
Release Number: BOS 2004-048

Date: 

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Contact: 

John M. Chavez

Phone: 

(617) 565-2075

Anna's Taqueria Restaurants to Pay Employees Nearly $207,000 in Back Wages Following Labor Department Investigation

BOSTON -- Four Boston-area corporations doing business as Anna's Taqueria restaurants have agreed to pay 127 employees $206,918 to settle alleged violations of the overtime provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

"The Department of Labor is committed to ensuring that workers are paid correctly for all hours worked," said Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao. "We are pleased that the department was able to recover nearly $207,000 in back wages for these workers. Through the Department of Labor's determined efforts, more than $212 million in back wages were recovered for American workers last year."

A Labor Department Wage and Hour Division investigation revealed that four related companies, Kaizen Corporation I, II, III and IV each doing business as Anna's Taqueria with two locations in Brookline and one each in Cambridge and Somerville, failed to pay overtime wages to employees between Jan. 2001 and Jan. 2003.

The restaurants, all owned and operated by a single individual, had employed the same workers at two or more of the locations without combining the hours worked at each location. The employees were paid straight time for the hours worked at each location, when they should have received overtime for the hours worked over 40 in a single work week.

Once the violations were brought to the attention of corporations' president, Michael Kamio, he cooperated fully with the Wage and Hour Division and agreed to pay the back wages due his employees. Kamino has also agreed to comply with all requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act in the future.

The FLSA requires that covered workers be paid at least the federal minimum wage of $5.15 per hour and one-and-one half times their regular rates of pay for all hours worked over 40 in a single work week. The law also requires employers to maintain adequate and accurate records of employees' wages, hours and other conditions of employment.

For more information on the provisions of the FLSA, call the Department of Labor's toll-free help line at 1-866-4USWAGE (1-866-487-9243) or contact the Boston district office at 617-624-6700. Information is also available on the Internet at www.wagehour.dol.gov.

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