Popular Pizza Restaurant Settles with US DOL

From the Atlanta Business Chronicle:

The owner of a popular Atlanta pizzeria accused of cheating workers out of pay for years and threatening them if they cooperated with a federal investigation into his business conduct has agreed to pay 60 employees a total of $329,445 for violating their wage rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division began an investigation into Antico Foods in July 2014 to determine if Giovanni DiPalma, owner of Antico Foods, directed employees to work up to 30 hours of overtime per week and avoided paying proper compensation. In October 2014, the department sought a temporary restraining order requiring DiPalma from retaliating against any employees cooperating with the investigation.

DCBFB finds this is not unusual in the restaurant industry. We have represented many servers, bartenders, dancers, barbacks, busboys, and food carriers in our work.