Idaho restaurant must pay to resolve violations

MALAD CITY, Idaho (AP) – The U.S. Department of Labor says a southeastern Idaho restaurant must pay nearly $102,000 in back wages to 81 employees for violations of federal minimum wage and overtime standards. Me and Lou’s Diner in Malad City also must pay $2,241 in civil penalties for child labor violations involving 14- and 15-year-olds who worked past 7 p.m. and more than 18 hours in a school week. The Department of Labor said Tuesday its investigation found servers, dishwashers and cooks weren’t paid for overtime, a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Federal officials also said the restaurant, located near U.S. Interstate 15 south of Pocatello, made illegal deductions for register shortages and for uniforms. An owner at the restaurant said Tuesday she wanted to discuss the matter with her partners before commenting.

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