New York – Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the resolution of an investigation of Veranda, a restaurant and lounge in Manhattan that underpaid approximately 25 workers and terminated two employees who questioned the company’s illegal pay practices.
As part of the settlement with the Attorney General, Veranda will pay $150,000 in restitution for employees who were paid below the minimum wage and did not receive overtime pay as required by law, in addition to $50,000 in restitution for damages, lost wages, and penalties for wrongfully terminating the other two workers.
The investigation revealed that Veranda failed to pay many employees the minimum wage and overtime, and that Veranda illegally distributed tips to the manager. It also showed that Veranda fired two employees shortly after they participated in a group complaint, made to Make the Road New York, about the company’s illegal pay practices.
The Attorney General said that its office will continue to monitor Veranda’s employment practices for the next two years.
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