Yolo County restaurant chain ordered to pay tens of thousands in back wages and damages

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A group of workers at a small restaurant chain in Yolo County received tens of thousands of dollars in back wages after their employers allegedly failed to pay them.

The US Department of Labor said the owners of the two Taqueria Guadalajara restaurants in Woodland and Davis and the Taqueria Guadalajara Grill in Davis violated federal law by failing to properly keep accurate overtime records for six of their employees.

According to the department’s wage and hour division, $42,496 in back wages and damages were recovered for a cook and five other workers at Taqueria Guadalajara.

“The liquidated damages are intended to compensate the workers for any damages they may have suffered as a result of not being paid in due time for all wages they have lawfully earned,” said the The Ministry of Labor explains.

The owning group behind Taqueria Guadalajara will also have to pay $4,230 in penalties.

In Wednesday’s statement, the Department of Labor said more than $31.7 million had been recovered in back wages for food service workers.

“The pandemic has clearly demonstrated that restaurant workers are essential frontline workers,” said Wage and Hour Division District Manager Cesar Avila. “Many are also among the lowest paid workers in our economy. When a restaurant employer hires out its employees, it hurts them and their families.

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