Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that an investigation into a Japanese restaurant had uncovered violations of federal wage and hour laws, resulting in 75 servers, sushi, and hibachi chefs not receiving all of their legally earned wages.
The final bill was $171,834.
That’s a lot of toro and high-end sake.
The investigators concluded that the restaurant made four mistakes. I’ll identify each one below and suggest how the employer could have avoided them.
(Note: There may be additional issues under state law. So, your mileage may vary there too.)
1. Improper deductions for uniforms.