Connecticut Restaurant in the Soup for Unfair Labor Practices

E Hartford, CN – Described on its website as “farm-sourced Italian fare & cocktails served in an upbeat hangout”, Nolita Ristorante, and owner, Vishal Sharma, were ordered to pay $19,657 in back wages and in liquidated damages to 14 current and former employees in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found that employees were being paid less than the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

Some dishwashers and front-of-the-house employees were paid flat weekly salaries in cash that did not cover all the hours they worked at the minimum wage.

The employer also failed to record or pay for all of the hours that some employees worked, resulting in overtime violations.

Furthermore, the employers also failed to meet recordkeeping requirements when they did not keep accurate time and payroll records as required by law.

The Wage and Hour Division’s (WHD) new nationwide program, the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program, facilitates the resolution of potential overtime and minimum wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The program’s primary objectives are to resolve such claims expeditiously and without litigation, to improve employers’ compliance with overtime and minimum wage obligations, and to ensure that more employees receive the back wages they are owed—faster.