- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island restaurant chain must pay more than $100,000 to 32 employees after a federal investigation of its seven locations revealed the company had failed to pay overtime.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday that Cilantro Mexican Grill did not pay cooks and servers the legally mandated time-and-a-half rate when they worked more than 40 hours a week. The company must pay $100,417 in back wages and liquidated damages.

The investigation shows the restaurant chain also employed three minors who used their own cars to make food deliveries, which violates child labor laws. The company has paid a civil penalty for this violation and no longer has minors make deliveries.

A general manager at the company’s Providence location said Tuesday that she was too busy to comment.

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