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U.S. Department of Labor Investigations Find Overtime Wage And Child Labor Violations at 11 Central Florida Pizzerias

ORLANDO, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Flipper's Pizza T. & B. Inc. – operating 11 Central Florida Flippers Pizzeria restaurants – has paid $27,425 in back wages to 70 employees for violating the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employer also paid $1,810 in civil money penalties for a child labor violation.

WHD investigators found the employer paid overtime-eligible assistant managers flat weekly salaries, without regard to the number of hours that they actually worked. This practice resulted in overtime violations when those employees worked more than 40 hours in a workweek but were not paid overtime in addition to those salaries. Additional overtime violations resulted when the employer calculated overtime for tipped employees incorrectly, basing those rates on servers' cash rates only. The law requires employers to pay tipped workers overtime at time-and-one-half of at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. WHD also found the employer employed a 17-year-old minor to operate a motor vehicle to make deliveries, a violation of FLSA child labor requirements. The employer also failed to maintain accurate payroll records.

"Businesses employing minors have a special responsibility to ensure the safety of these workers by not having them perform any duties deemed hazardous," said Wage and Hour District Director Daniel White, in Jacksonville, Florida. "The Wage and Hour Division staffs local offices and provides online resources to assist employers in complying with the law. We encourage all employers to take advantage of these free compliance assistance resources, and to reach out to us with any questions."

WHD investigators found the violations at the following restaurant locations:

Employer Name

Operating As

Location

Flippers Pizza T.&B. Inc.

Flippers Pizzeria

11321 Satellite Blvd., Orlando

Flippers Pizzeria #5 Inc.

Flippers Pizzeria  Kirkman/Universal

4774 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando

Flippers Pizzeria #7 Inc.

Flippers Pizzeria Town/Celebration

5770 W. Hwy. 192, Kissimmee

Flippers Pizzeria #9 Inc.

Flippers Pizzeria Lake Buena Vista/Disney

12535 SR 535, Orlando

Flippers Pizzeria #10 LLC

Flippers Pizzeria Rialto/Dr. Phillips

7339 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando

Flippers Pizzeria #11 LLC

Flippers Pizzeria Rolling Oaks/W192

3216 Rolling Oaks Blvd., Kissimmee

Flippers Pizzeria #12 LLC

Flippers Pizzeria SoDo

80 W. Grant Street, Orlando

Flippers Pizzeria #14 LLC

Flippers Pizzeria Clermont Crossings

2523 Hwy. 27, Clermont

Flippers Pizzeria #15 LLC

Flippers Pizzeria UCF

4498 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando

Flippers Pizzeria #17 LLC

Flippers Pizzeria SeaWorld/S.I-Drive

11062 S. International Drive, Orlando

Flippers Pizzeria #18 LLC

Flippers Pizzeria Westside Shoppes/Windermere

6256 Old Brick Road, Windermere

The Department offers numerous resources to ensure employers have the tools they need to understand their responsibilities and to comply with federal law, such as online videos, confidential calls, or in-person visits to local WHD offices.

For more information about the FLSA, child labor, and other laws enforced by the WHD, contact the toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Employers who discover overtime or minimum wage violations may self-report and resolve those violations without litigation through the PAID program. Information is also available at https://www.dol.gov/whd.

WHD's mission is to promote and achieve compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of the nation's workforce. WHD enforces federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. WHD also enforces the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage garnishment provisions of the Consumer Credit Protection Act, and a number of employment standards and worker protections as provided in several immigration related statutes. Additionally, WHD administers and enforces the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act and other statutes applicable to federal contracts for construction and for the provision of goods and services.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Agency
Wage and Hour Division
Date
August 26, 2019
Release Number
19-1483-ATL
Contact: Michael D'Aquino
Contact: Eric R. Lucero
Phone Number
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