Restaurant Owner fined for overtime and back wages
Monday, December 15, 2014 at 10:48AM

Alphonse Silvestri, owner of the now-closed San Rafael restaurant, Seafood Peddler, thought he could get away with paying below federal minimum wage and failing to pay overtime wages (among a number of other infractions). 

He was wrong.  

In October, the US District Court returned a verdict against Silverstri, to the tune of $185,000. Read Richard Halstead's article in the IJ for the whole, messy story. 

While Silvestri appears to have been aware of his violations--he even threatened employees if they took action--it's possible to unintentionally violatate wage and hour laws, through a lack of understanding or carefuly oversight. Don't let this happen to you.  If you have question, consult an employment law attorney, because mistakes can be very costly. Ask Mr. Silverstri.

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