- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Federal officials have announced that three jointly owned Phoenix-area restaurants have agreed to pay $105,000 in overtime back wages and damages to 19 employees who worked at more than one of the eateries.

The U.S. Labor Department says Grassroots Kitchen and Tap restaurants in Phoenix and Scottsdale and Twisted Grove Parlor and Bar in Scottsdale failed to pay overtime when workers’ hours exceeded 40 in a work week.

According to the department, the employees worked more than 40 hours but their hours at each restaurant were not combined when determining when overtime was due.

The $105,000 to be paid the workers includes nearly $53,000 in back wages and nearly $53,000 in damages.

The employers also will pay nearly $6,000 in penalties. That money goes to the government.

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