US Department of Labor dismisses Lupita’s Authentic Mexican Food lawsuit at State College | Penn State, State College News

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The US Department of Labor recently filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit against State College’s Mexican cuisine restaurant, Lupita’s Authentic Mexican Food.

Both parties requested that the court “retain jurisdiction over this matter for the purpose of enforcing the stipulated injunction and order,” according to court documents.

In June, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division opened an investigation into the employment and compensation practices of Lupita co-owners Emilio Lopez and Maria Guadalupe Rojas.

Lopez and Guadalupe Rojas allegedly paid non-exempt employees one-and-a-half times their regular rate of pay when they worked more than 40 hours a week, according to court documents.

Lopez and Guadalupe Rojas also allegedly transported at least three employees from out of the country to work and then forced the employees to work at the restaurant in order to reimburse the transport costs.

According to court documents, the defendants threatened and intimidated employees when they demanded extra pay or attempted to quit.

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