California Labor Commissioner Issues Over $500,000 In Citation to Restaurants

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California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su said March 13 she has issued citations totaling nearly $505,000 to three restaurants for minimum wage, overtime and rest break violations, among others.

The restaurants cited are Urasawa restaurant of Beverly Hills, Ikebana Restaurant of Salinas and Seoul Jung of Santa Clara.

“All workers are entitled to payment for work they perform. These citations serve as an important reminder that the Labor Commissioner’s Office continues to effectively fight on behalf of California workers and law-abiding businesses,” said Christine Baker, director of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), which oversees the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), commonly referred to as the Labor Commissioner’s Office.

“These cases demonstrate that wage theft is not just a problem in parts of the state typically associated with the underground economy,” said Su. “We are committed to ensuring a just day’s pay for a hard day’s work whether you wash dishes and wait tables in Chinatown or Beverly Hills. The labor laws of our state should be respected in every workplace in California.”

The Labor Commissioner’s investigation at Urasawa, a renowned sushi bar located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, found that the kitchen staff regularly worked 10.5 hours each day without overtime pay, rest breaks or meal period breaks. The restaurant further failed to provide the workers itemized wage statements listing hours worked and rate of pay, as required by law.

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