Sticking it (Again) to Working People

From a strictly financial perspective, people who work in restaurants are pretty much at the bottom of the employment ladder.  The work is hard, the customers are often nasty, and the pay’s often pretty lousy.

And the owners are often jackasses, as The Curmudgeon has chronicled on a number of occasions.

This is another of those occasions.

It turns out that SM Choi, Inc., which operates fast food restaurants in suburban Philadelphia food courts, could give lessons on how to screw working people.

The “Montco Today” web site tells the story:

WHD [U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD)] investigators found that the employer paid cashiers and cooks flat salaries, in cash, without regard to the number of hours that they actually worked. This practice resulted in violations when employees worked more than 40 hours in a workweek but the employer did not pay overtime. SM Choi Inc. also failed to maintain required records of the number of hours employees worked. WHD found the employer engaging in this same practice in a previous WHD investigation in 2016.

“SM Choi Inc. employees worked five to six days per week, for an average of 10 hours per day, and were denied the wages they rightfully earned,” said Wage and Hour Division District Office Director James Cain, in Philadelphia. “This enforcement action and consent judgment will help to ensure that workers are paid the wages they are legally owed and that employers in the restaurant industry operate on a level playing field.”

So now, SM Choi will pay the price for its thievery:

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has ordered SM Choi Inc… to pay $93,146 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 38 employees for willful violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Department also assessed the employer $26,121 in civil penalties…

The war against working people continues.

 

 

 

 

 

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