Jacksonville Mexican restaurant owes $118,000 to workers who were only paid in tips: investigation


JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – A Jacksonville Mexican restaurant owes more than $118,000 after the operator allegedly forced at least 10 servers to work solely for tips, denied overtime pay to others and failed to keep accurate records of hours worked by employees, according to a US Department of Labor survey.

According to a press release, an investigation revealed that E&E Quezada Food Services Corp., operator of Rosy’s Mexican restaurant in the Mandarin area, also failed to pay overtime to dishwashers, cooks and some servers during the hours worked more than 40 in a working week. Investigators found the employer also failed to keep accurate payroll records, the statement said.

The division also found that Rosy’s allowed a 15-year-old employee to work after 7 p.m. during the school week, a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s hours of work standards for workers under 16.

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“By denying servers cash wages and forcing them to live on tips alone and denying other workers overtime pay, Mexican restaurant Rosy has made it harder for these employees, who depend on every dollar, to take care of themselves and their families,” said Wildalí De Jesús Wage and Hour Division District Office Manager in Orlando. “The Wage and Hour Division is available to help workers and employers understand their rights and responsibilities. Violations such as those found in this case can easily be avoided.

Investigators learned of the employer’s alleged practices through the Employment Education and Outreach alliance. The alliance is a collaboration of community and non-governmental organizations, including state, local, and federal agencies and Hispanic consulates, that provides information and assistance to Spanish-speaking employees and employers regarding workplace rights and responsibilities. Workers and employers can reach EMPLEO by calling (877) 522-9832 or (877) 55-AYUDA.

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