HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two Neighbor Island eateries failed to pay workers appropriately for overtime, a U.S Department of Labor investigation has found.
Hawaiian Style Café Hilo and Hawaiian Style Café Kamuela were jointly owned and operated during the time of the investigation, which determined that workers were not getting time-and-a-half pay for overtime hours as required by law.
The Hilo eatery will pay nearly $44,000 in unpaid overtime wages and damages to 41 employees.
The Waimea eatery will pay $10,400 in unpaid overtime and damages to four employees.
"Employers who deny low-wage workers their legally required overtime earnings diminish the ability of those workers to care for themselves and their families," said Terence Trotter, of the Department of Labor's Honolulu District Office, in a news release.
"Employers that circumvent the wage provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act also unlawfully obtain an economic advantage when competing with other businesses that properly record and pay their workers."
Federal law requires that covered, nonexempt employees get time-and-a-half for every hour they work beyond the 40-hour workweek.