Wage Settlement Reached With Staten Island Diner

Attorney General Spitzer today announced a settlement with a Staten Island restaurant that provides over $75,000 to workers who were not paid the minimum wage and overtime wages, which were violations of state law. The settlement ends the investigation into the labor practices of the Front Page Restaurant, located at 75 Page Avenue in Staten Island.

The Attorney General's investigation found that between August of 1999, and August of 2004, the Front Page Restaurant paid wages as low as $2.25 per hour to its wait staff, far below required minimum wages for tipped employees. The investigation also found that the restaurant paid no overtime to its cooks, busboys, dishwashers, and delivery workers, despite schedules that required up to 60 hours of work per week.

"My office has found that restaurant workers are frequent targets of exploitation. That exploitation not only hurts those workers, it drags down labor standards for all New Yorkers," Attorney General Spitzer said. "My office will continue to enforce labor laws and ensure that workers are paid the minimum wages, as required by law."

Under the terms of the settlement, the Front Page Restaurant will pay to eligible workers up to $76,398.56 in restitution and statutory damages. In addition, the restaurant will be subject to monitoring to assure that it complies with minimum wage and overtime requirements in the future.

In recent years the Attorney General's office has aggressively enforced the labor laws on behalf of a wide variety of workers, including other workers in the restaurant industry, supermarket delivery workers, pretzel vendors, construction workers, bathroom attendants, day laborers, and workers in the greengrocer industry.

To report labor law violations or to learn about your rights as a worker and your obligations as an employer, please contact the New York State Attorney General's labor help line at (212) 416-8700 or visit the website at: www.ag.ny.gov.

The case was handled by Assistant Attorneys General Michael Higgins and James Versocki under the supervision of Labor Bureau Chief M. Patricia Smith.

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