One of an employer's integral responsibilities is keeping accurate payroll records for his or her workers. Although more costly, it can be necessary for employees to work in addition to their standard hours and be paid overtime. When this money is withheld, the affected California workers may look to the justice system to receive payment.
Two brothers who own Papa Chano's Taqueria, which has two locations, are being accused of not paying their employees overtime and not maintaining accurate payroll records. For a little more than a year, the men did not pay their 11 workers for overtime. It was determined that the men pay $36,026 to these workers.
The men agreed to pay all the damages and lost wages that were owed and already are making good on their promise to rectify the situation. They have made a $4,000 down payment on the owed money, and their fine will be paid monthly. One of the brothers stated that this is the end of the problems that they have with payroll.
This is not the first time that the California eateries have been in trouble with the law. In 1996, they had a lawsuit that has been purged from the records. Also, in 2010, they were accused of not reporting income to the government and of paying their workers under the table.
It is against the law for employers to not pay employees overtime. Workers who feel that they have been denied payment for overtime can discuss the issue with their supervisors and give them a chance to right the wrong. If the problem is not successfully resolved to both parties' satisfaction, the employees may move forward with their legal claims.
Source: montereyherald.com, "Papa Chano's taqueria owners slapped with $36k wage fine", Ana Ceballos, March 20, 2015