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U.S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
Release Number: 09-1485-KAN

Date: 

Dec. 11, 2009

Contact: 

Jeremy Eggers

Phone: 

303-844-1299

US Labor Department recovers more than $42,000 in back wages for 14 employees of Family Buffet Inc. in Omaha, Neb.


OMAHA, Neb. -- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has recovered $42,330 in back wages for 14 restaurant workers employed by Family Buffet Inc. doing business as Top of the World Buffet in Omaha, following an investigation that disclosed violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime provisions.

Investigators found that the Chinese buffet restaurant paid eight employees salaries that were lower than minimum wage and no employees were paid overtime for hours worked beyond 40 in a workweek.

“The Wage and Hour Division is committed to ensuring workers receive the wages they are due,” said Percella Maupins, the Wage and Hour Division’s district director in Des Moines, Iowa.

Along with the wage violations, the company also failed to maintain adequate time and payroll records. The employer cooperated throughout the investigation, agreed to future compliance and paid all back wages due.

The FLSA requires covered, nonexempt employees to be paid at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour for all hours worked, plus time and one-half their regular rates of pay, including commissions, bonuses and incentive pay, for hours worked beyond 40 per week. Under the law, employers must also maintain accurate time and payroll records.

For more information about the FLSA, call the Wage and Hour Division’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Information is also available on the Internet at www.wagehour.dol.gov

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