Upstate restaurants illegally kept cash and tips
5 restaurants illegally kept cash, credit card tips from employees, federal officials say
Five restaurants – four in the Upstate – have been cited by the US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division for illegally keeping money from their employees.According to the WHD, employers at the five Japan House restaurants reportedly kept $80,212 in back wages from 52 workers .The employers gathered the money by illegally keeping credit card tips and cash received by cashiers and paid cooks a fixed salary even if they worked over their 40-hour workweek, the WHD says.The WHD says that the five Japan House restaurants have also failed to record the number of hours worked by some of their non-exempt employees. Four of the five restaurants cited are in the Upstate, with locations in Boiling Springs, Inman, and two in Spartanburg. Another restaurant cited is in Lake Lure, North Carolina. “Today’s workers have the ability to choose employers who pay full wages and respect workers’ rights. Food service industry employers who comply with labor laws and appreciate the dignity of work will have the greatest appeal to workers, whether they’re joining the workforce or looking for new job opportunities,” Wage and Hour Division District Director Jamie Benefiel in Columbia, South Carolina, said. “We encourage employers and employees to contact the Wage and Hour Division with any questions or concerns regarding pay practices.”Employers can contact the Wage and Hour Division at its toll-free number, 1-866-4-US-WAGE.