Iowa Taco Bell Workers Shorted Pay

Federal labor officials recovered nearly $23,000 in back wages and damages.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered nearly $23,000 for 12 Taco Bell workers who were shorted pay for time worked at a location in Spencer, Iowa.

DOL Wage and Hour Division investigators recovered $22,744 – $11,372 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages – for employees of Haza Bell of Nebraska LLC.

Investigators determined that the restaurant violated the Fair Labor Standards Act minimum wage provisions when the site’s general manager deducted time from employees’ time cards before submitting the hours to the corporate office for processing.

“This case shows the costly consequence of totaling hours worked incorrectly,” said Wage and Hour District Director Marietta Taylor in Des Moines. “Employers must maintain accurate records of hours worked in order to pay employees what the law requires. When they fail to do so, they often deny hard-working employees all of the wages that they are due.”

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