Labor secretary claims Talula's Garden failed to pay overtime rate to employees

By Louie Torres | Nov 1, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia restaurant is alleged to have failed to pay the correct overtime rate to employees for a period of almost two years.

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia restaurant is alleged to have failed to pay the correct overtime rate to employees for a period of almost two years.

Secretary of Labor for the United States Department of Labor R. Alexander Acosta filed a complaint on Oct. 16 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Washington Square Restaurant Partners LP, doing business as Talula's Garden, and Aimee Olex citing the Fair Labor Standards Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that the defendants did not compensate employees at a rate of one-and-one-half of their regular rate of pay for overtime work from May 2014 to September 2016. The suit states that some line cooks worked between 40 to 80 hours per week.

The plaintiff seeks injunction against the defendants, unpaid minimum wages, overtime wages, liquidated damages, back wages, court costs, and any further relief this court grants. He is represented by Nicholas C. Geale, Oscar L. Hampton III, Adam Welsh and Jordana L. Greenwald of Office of the Solicitor, Region III in Philadelphia.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 2:17-cv-04594-JHS

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