The popular Atlanta-based restaurant chain Huddle House has come under the gun for alleged wage and hour violations. According to a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, Huddle House also allegedly violated labor laws.
A story in Nation’s Restaurant News catalogued the bad news: some “employees’ income did not meet the minimum wage because they were required to share their tips with different employees, or because the restaurants took deduction for breakage losses, damages and check cashing fees. In addition, some non-tipped employees, such as cooks, were paid less than minimum wage.”
On top of that, many tipped employees were not correctly paid for overtime, and some employees who were non-exempt didn’t receive any overtime at all. In one case, a 15-year-old employee at Huddle House worked more hours than the law allows; that Huddle House franchise faces a child labor violation charge.
Huddle House is not the only Southern restaurant or franchise to come under the gun lately. The Department of Labor just finished conducting a multi-year investigation of Georgia restaurants; and the DOL uncovered significant non-compliance with federal regulations, such as wage and hour rules.
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