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Us Dept. of Labor recovers $190k in back wages, damages from St. Petersburg restaurants


ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Federal investigators have found that two St. Petersburg restaurants withheld tips earned by bartenders and servers to pay for customers who skipped out on their bills, illegally charged employees for uniforms and denied some workers required minimum wage and full overtime pay.


An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division determined the commonly owned businesses – Red Mesa Inc., operating as Red Mesa Restaurant, and Veytia Ventures LLC, operating as Red Mesa Cantina – violated several provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.


The division recovered $190,730 in back wages and liquidated damages for 89 affected workers as a result of its investigation.


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