- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - Labor officials say an Atlanta restaurant owner accused of cheating workers out of wages has agreed to pay nearly $330,000 in back wages and damages.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wages and Hour Division said Thursday that Antico Foods LLC routinely directed staff to work as many as 30 hours of overtime per week but didn’t pay them appropriately.

The agreement follows an October 2014 complaint filed against Giovanni DiPalma and the company. Investigators say DiPalma told employees not to cooperate with the wage review and threatened loss of their jobs.

DiPalma’s attorney Nathan Chapman tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (https://on-ajc.com/1FxVUHi) that the allegations are false. Chapman says the company compromised “in good faith” to be in compliance.

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