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U.S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
Release Number: 09-48-NEW / BOS 2009-019

Date: 

January 22, 2009

Contact: 

John M. Chavez

Phone: 

617-565-2075

U.S. Labor Department secures $190,000 in back wages for employees of three Queens, N.Y., restaurants


NEW YORK -- Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, three related companies, all doing business as Cascarino’s Brick Oven Pizzeria & Ristorante at three locations in Queens, N.Y., have agreed to pay 106 employees a total of $190,000 in overtime back wages found due under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The investigation found that hourly employees of the three restaurants had been paid straight time for all hours worked; they worked, on average, 60 hours per week; and they usually worked six days per week. The FLSA requires that employees be paid at least the federal minimum wage, and time and one-half their regular rates of pay for hours worked beyond 40 per week. The law also requires that employers maintain accurate records of employees’ wages, hours and other conditions of employment.

The three companies investigated, all owned by the same partners, included: JJM Pizza Corp., 152-59 10th Ave., Whitestone, N.Y.; Bayside Pizza Corp., 39-17 Bell Blvd., Flushing, N.Y.; and R & J Pizza Corp., 14-60 College Point Blvd., College Point, N.Y. The back wages found due cover the period from Oct. 2, 2004, through Sept. 30, 2006.

After being informed of the investigation’s findings, the three employers agreed to pay employees the back wages due and pledged full future compliance with the requirements of the FLSA, noted Philip Jacobson, director of the Wage and Hour Division’s district office in New York City.

“We appreciate the cooperation of these employers,” said Jacobson, “and hope this case serves as a reminder to other employers to make sure they are familiar with the requirements of the law and careful about compliance so that workers are always paid properly for all the hours they work.”

Information about the FLSA’s requirements may be obtained by calling the Department of Labor’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Information is also available on the Internet at www.wagehour.dol.gov. The Wage and Hour Division’s New York City District Office can be reached at 212-264-8185.

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