Kearney restaurant pays $17K for not recording employee overtime

Flippin' Sweet Eatery
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KLKN) – A Kearney restaurant and its owner has been ordered to pay more than $17,000 in back wages to 13 employees after the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) found recordkeeping violations.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Kopf entered the injunction against The Flippin’ Sweet Eateries and its owner, Jason Alexander. The business is also prohibited permanently from future FLSA violations. This ruling came after the defendants failed to comply with court orders following a complaint filed by DOL in 2019.

DOL found the restaurant had wrongly classified workers as exempt from overtime, meaning the employer failed to pay employees time-and-a-half when they worked more than 40 hours a week.

“A federal court has held this employer accountable to complying with federal wage laws and court orders and ordered them to pay 13 workers not only their hard-earned wages, but also damages to help make up for the fact that they weren’t paid properly,” said DOL Wage and Hour Division District Director Marcy Boldman.

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