$290,000 recovered for food truck workers, owner fined for violation | News, Sports, Jobs

Federal authorities have recovered more than $290,000 for 95 food truck restaurant workers and fined their employer $20,000 for violating wage law, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday.

A federal investigation found that the operator of five Maui food trucks – Da Nani Pirates LLC, Da Nani Pirates Lahaina LLC, Maui Poke LLC, Maui Burgers LLC and Aloha Thai Fusion LLC – “voluntarily denied” workers their full wages. Joshua Marten is the managing member and owner of the food trucks, the Labor Department said.

Violations included requiring workers to tip part of their tips to management, paying them regular hours for hours over 40 hours per workweek, and not combining all hours worked at multiple sites. .

The investigation recovered $290,314 for the affected workers, consisting of $145,157 in unpaid wages and an equal amount in damages. In addition, the department imposed a penalty of $20,000 “due to the reckless nature of the employer’s violations.”

“Wages earned should be wages paid, and when an employee works overtime, they should be paid overtime, as needed,” said Wage and Hour Division Manager Terence Trotter in Honolulu. “This case demonstrates that violating federal labor law has consequences. When employers do not follow the rules, they are held legally responsible.

Employers and workers can call the division confidentially to ask questions, regardless of their immigration status. The service can speak to callers in more than 200 languages ​​through the agency’s toll-free hotline at (866) 4US-WAGE (487-9243).

For more information, dol.gov/agencies/whd.

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