2 Bloomington restaurants paying employees $160K in backpay after federal investigation

FILE PHOTO: Kirkwood Avenue in Bloomington. (Photo: Wikipedia user Yahala)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Employees at two Bloomington restaurants are in for some serious back pay after a federal investigation found ownership wasn't paying them properly.

The U.S. Department of Labor found three violations by Ji Enterprises:

  • Only paid employees $7/hour for training when the federal minimum wage is $7.25/hour
  • Employees working more than 40 hours a week weren't given overtime pay, or were being given a flat salary when federal law required they be given overtime
  • Restaurants not keeping accurate records of how many hours employees worked

The Labor Department ordered Ji Enterprises to pay $162,254 in back wages and other damages to 12 employees across two restaurants - Restaurant Ami and Toto's Uncle - affected by these violations.

Employers who discover overtime or minimum wage violations can self-report and resolve the violations without litigation through the PAID program. Anyone with questions can call the toll-free helpline (866) 4US-WAGE (487-9243). Information is also available on the Labor Department's website including a search tool to use if you think you may be owed back wages.