A federal investigation into a Florida restaurant chain with a location in Estero found that the operator refused 58 workers their full overtime wages and recovered $18,705 in back wages and penalties for the affected employees.
Investigators with the U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division said they found that restaurant investment at Bonita LLC — which operates three Divieto Ristorante locations in Estero, Doral and Aventura — failed to pay the required additional half-time overtime premium pay the applicable minimum wage or standard rate if employees have worked more than 40 hours per week. The employer’s actions violate the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The department also found that the employer allowed two 15-year-old employees to work after 10 p.m. on non-school days, in violation of FLSA hours of work standards for workers under the age of 16. The department fined the employer $1,382 to address the child labor violation.
“Denying workers their legally earned wages hinders their ability to provide for themselves and their families,” said Tampa District Office Director Nicolas Ratmiroff. “As employers find it increasingly difficult to recruit and retain the workers they need, those who undercut wages and take advantage of their employees may struggle to find the employees to support their companies.”