Judge: Wichita Restaurant Failed To Pay Back Wages

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

A federal magistrate has found a Wichita restaurant in contempt for failing to pay workers more than $223,000 in back pay and damages.

U.S. District Judge Karen Humphreys had given the China Star and its owners until Monday to pay the money awarded in a 2008 consent
judgment or submit a payment plan. Defense attorney Joseph Cassell told the judge this week his clients were unable to pay the
judgment or start a payment plan that would be acceptable to the
court.

The U.S. Labor Department announced the contempt order Wednesday. The agency says its investigation found that China Star's workers were paid a flat rate in cash, often less than the minimum wage and without regard to overtime.


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