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$500,000 in fines against Urasawa and two other Restaurants

Julie Su, California Labor Commissioner Julie issued citations totaling approximately $505,000 to 3 California restaurants for minimum wage, overtime and rest break violations.  The restaurants cited are Urasawa of Beverly Hills, Ikebana  of Salinas and Seoul Jung of Santa Clara.

“All workers are entitled to payment for work they perform.  These citations serve as an important reminder that the Labor Commissioner’s Office continues to effectively fight on behalf of California workers,” said Christine Baker, Director of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR).

” We are committed to ensuring a just day’s pay for a hard day’s work whether you wash dishes and wait tables in Chinatown or Beverly Hills.  The labor laws of our state should be respected in every workplace in California,”  said Labor Commissioner, Julie Sue.

The Labor Commissioner’s investigation of Beverly Hills sushi bar, Urasawa, located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, found that the kitchen staff regularly worked 10 1/2 hours each day without overtime pay, rest breaks or meal period breaks. The restaurant further failed to provide the workers itemized wage statements listing hours worked and rate of pay, as required by law. Three workers are due $38,585 in unpaid wages such as overtime and meal or rest breaks, while an $18,500 penalty was issued for failure to provide wage deduction statements and $8,700 penalty for failure to pay overtime and to provide rest and meal periods.

Ikebana restaurant was fined $186,145.88 for failure to pay 42 workers minimum wages, overtime and split shift premiums and failure to provide meal breaks. Additionally, a $60,550 civil penalty was issued to Ikebana restaurant for failure to provide employees with accurate wage deduction statements and for violating child labor provisions.  Seoul Jung, was assessed $165,709.29 for failing to pay overtime premiums to 5 employees. The citations issued to the two Northern California restaurants total $439,604.67, including penalties.  During the period audited, Ikebana employed a staff of up to 14 workers, while Seoul Jung employed 6 workers.

If your employer owes you unpaid overtime wages, please call California Employment Attorney, Todd M. Friedman at (877) 449-8898 for a free consultation.