- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2020

PHOENIX (AP) - A U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found that a Tucson restaurant owes its workers more than $100,000 in back wages.

The federal agency said in a news release Monday that Chuy’s Mesquite Broiler violated minimum wage and overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

According to investigators, the restaurant failed to pay the required federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. For overtime hours, employees were paid either in cash or in a separate check but at straight-time rates. The restaurant also did not maintain adequate records of hours the staff worked.

Chuy’s owners have been ordered to pay nearly $115,000 in owed wages and damages to 55 employees. They must also pay roughly $20,300 in civil penalties.

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