Don Pancho Mexican Restaurant chain must pay $563K in back wages

Posted at 4:29 PM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 17:29:05-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A small Tennessee restaurant chain has been ordered to pay $563,350 in back wages after the U.S. Department of Labor found it violated minimum wage and overtime rules.

According to the Labor Department, Don Pancho Mexican Restaurant kept a portion of servers’ tips and paid other workers a flat salary regardless of how many hours they worked.

Don Pancho also failed to record all of the hours employees worked and violated child labor rules.

The back wages were owed to 120 employees. A message left at one of the restaurants by a reporter on Friday was not immediately returned.