Chinese buffet restaurant sued for labor violations

The owners of 14 Chicago area buffet restaurants were sued on September 30 by Illinois by the U.S. and Illinois Departments of Labor for a total 1.5 millions for 150 employees. The employees, mostly Asians and Hispanics worked excessive hours but were paid below a minimum wage. The Fair Labor Standard Act guarantees workers a minimum wage of $5.15 an hour and time and a half for work in excess of 40 hours a week. The all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet have been popular for inexpensive cost, some $6.00 for lunch and $8,00 for dinner with discount to seniors. The U.S. Department of Labor filed suit againt the owners of 11 restaurants in Melrose Park, Broadview, Chicago, Olympia Fields, Calumet City, Norridge, Carpentersville, Niles and Merrillville, Indiana. The Illinois Department of Labor sued three restaurants in Chicago, Burbank, and Wood dale. (Source: The Chicago Tribune, Oct. 1, 2002).

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