2 SC restaurants to pay back wages to workers

WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) - Two Mexican restaurants in the Upstate are paying nearly $75,000 in back wages to 13 employees.

The payments by El Jimador Mexican Restaurants in Clemson and Westminster come after a federal investigation.

The U.S. Labor Department says the restaurants violated the Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime, minimum wage and record-keeping rules.

Michelle Garvey with the Labor Department office in Columbia says workers at the restaurants often averaged 60 hours a week, earning less than minimum wage and getting no overtime.

The agency says the restaurant admitted to violations by taking deductions from workers' paychecks to pay for uniforms, along with failing to pay overtime and a failure to keep required records.

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