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Seattle restaurant forced to pay $531K in back wages

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According to reports, a recent lawsuit has awarded nearly $531,000 to employees at a Seattle restaurant, which allegedly failed to pay minimum or overtime wages.

In all, 41 of the restaurant's former and current employees were awarded the amount in back wages and damages.

The Labor Department had conducted an investigation regarding the suit and discovered multiple violations of minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping regulations at the restaurant. The department revealed that some employees worked an average of 63 hours per week without receiving overtime pay, while others were paid less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

As a result, the operators of the restaurant and two company officers were ordered to pay $265,483 in back wages as well as an equal amount in liquidated damages.

The case highlights the importance of proper record keeping as well as abiding by any industry and federal regulations. Failure to do so may result in a similar expensive professional liability lawsuit as well as fines issued by regulatory authorities. 

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