A Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant in Philadelphia has paid $116,308 in back wages for 82 workers after federal investigators found wage and overtime violations linked to pre-shift meetings, the Department of Labor said this week.
The department’s wage and hour division also assessed a $68,060 civil penalty against the subsidiary of Dallas-based Brinker International Inc. after investigators found the violations “as willful.”
The Center City Philadelphia restaurant is owned by Maggiano’s Holding Corp., a unit of Brinker International, which also owns and franchises more than 1,600 restaurants, including Chili’s Grill & Bar.
The federal wage and hour division determined the Maggiano’s unit failed to pay workers for time they spent attending pre-shift meetings.
“Maggiano’s Little Italy required dining room servers to attend 15- to 30-minute meetings before the start of their scheduled shifts,” the department said. “When employees worked more than 40 hours in a workweek, this unpaid time triggered overtime violations.”
James Cain, director for the wage and hour Philadelphia district, said in a statement: “When employers fail to account for all hours employees work, they deprive workers of their hard-earned wages.
“Other employers should use the outcome of this investigation as an opportunity to review their own pay practices, and ensure they comply with the law,” Cain said.
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