- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Federal authorities say seven Long Island restaurants have agreed to pay nearly $1.7 million in back wages to 363 waiters and kitchen workers.

The U.S. Labor Department says the restaurants - six in Suffolk and one in Nassau - were accused of paying workers below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. They also were accused of paying employees off the books, failing to pay time and a half for overtime and other violations.

Newsday (https://bit.ly/1hODXr60 says representatives at five of the restaurants weren’t available for comment. The manager of another hung up after being reached by telephone. The attorney for a seventh declined to comment.

Authorities say the violations occurred at various times between 2011 and 2013.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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