INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.–The United States Department of Labor has cracked down on the recordkeeping and payroll practices of an Indianapolis-based chain of Mexican restaurants with a location in Columbus. Three stores belonging to Luciana’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina were cited and ordered to pay 101 current and former employees $54,638 in back wages by the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD).
An investigation by WHD found that the employer had not been properly paying servers and cooks for hours worked. Servers had been paid for overtime at time-and-one-half of their direct wages of $2.13 per hour, rather than basing the rate on the full minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, as the Fair Labor Standards Act requires. Luciana’s management also failed to maintain accurate records of hours worked and pay received by employees, resulting in recordkeeping violations.
The company has since amended its payroll practices to ensure proper calculations.
Luciana’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina has stores in Columbus, Greenwood, Broad Ripple, and Clear Water.