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US Labor Department announces hotline to offer updates to Capitol Hill cafeteria workers owed back wage payments

Federal food service contractors to pay more than $1M in back wages

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a hotline available for nearly 700 U.S. Senate cafeteria food service workers owed back wages by their employers. The hotline will provide workers who prepare and serve meals to Capitol Hill lawmakers and their staffs with updates on the status of back wage payments owed to them.

In July 2016, federal food service contractor Restaurant Associates and its subcontractor, Personnel Plus agreed to pay $1,008,302 in back wages to 674 workers after the department’s Wage and Hour Division found they violated the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act when they improperly classified workers – paying them for lower-paying jobs than they actually performed – and required employees to work prior to their scheduled starting times without compensation. The companies also failed to pay the workers required overtime in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Workers owed back wages identified in this investigation may call (443) 872-0161 for updates related to their payments, and to submit updated contact information

Wage and Hour Division
October 20, 2016
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Media Contact: Leni Fortson
Media Contact: Joanna Hawkins