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Post date: June 11 2003

Brooklyn Food Service Co. Settles Labor Violation Case

Attorney General Spitzer today announced a settlement with a Brooklyn food service company that allegedly failed to pay the minimum wage and overtime to hundreds of workers.

The settlement with the Tuv Taam Corporation and its corporate officers will provide up to $860,000 to 200 workers, as well as $215,000 in damages.

"Workers are entitled the full protection of state and federal labor laws," Spitzer said. "This settlement will not only reimburse the workers but put in place basic reforms to ensure that workers are compensated fairly."

Tuv Taam was cited for violations of state and federal labor laws during the period from 1996 to 2001. The investigation found that Tuv Taam paid some employees as little as $4 per hour, and that other workers who logged 50-70 hours per week received no overtime pay. The investigation also revealed that Tuv Taam failed to maintain proper payroll records during the period.

Under the terms of the settlement, individuals who worked at Tuv Taam from 1996 through 2001 will be able to file claims with the Attorney General's office. Underpaid workers will be eligible for compensation, with the awards to be dependent upon how many individuals with valid claims come forward.

Tuv Taam, located at 502 Flushing Avenue, makes processed foods such as blintzes, pickles, prepared salads, hummus and other items.

The case was handled Labor Bureau Assistant Attorneys General Terri Gerstein, Pico Paul Ben-Amotz and Bureau Chief M. Patricia Smith.