Court orders Las Trancas, Plaza Maya restaurants to pay 27 workers back wages

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - A federal court has ordered six restaurants and their owners to pay 27 employees $111,024 in back pay resulting from violations of the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act.

The court also imposed a $20,150 fine.

According to a news release from the U.S. Labor Department, the penalties stem from an investigation that found minimum wage, recordkeeping and overtime violations between May 2014 and October 2017.

The release says some workers were only paid for their scheduled hours, regardless of the number of hours they had worked. The restaurants also failed to pay overtime when employees worked more than 40 hours in a workweek, but worked fewer than 80 hours during a two-week pay period.

The investigation also found that servers were paid a salary on days when they filled in for a manager but there was no consideration given for the extra hours worked or the additional money earned on those shifts when calculating amounts due for overtime.

The order in U.S. District Court for Southern West Virginia covers five Las Trancas restaurants – four in West Virginia and one in Ohio – and a Plaza Maya restaurant in West Virginia.

The defendants in the case were Las Trancas, Inc.; Las Transcas of Charleston, Inc.; Las Trancas Buckhannon Inc.; Las Trancas of Ripley Inc.; Plaza May Inc.; and Lorena Arellano and Arellano, who are corporate officers of Las Trancas Inc.