Carbondale businesses ordered to pay back wages and damages amid labor complaint

A federal court ordered Longbranch Cafe and its owner to pay nearly $100,000 in back wages and damages to employees who complained about illegal tipping practices and other issues.

The Labor Department said Judge Staci Yandle’s order is in addition to a nearly $4,900 jury award announced last year.

The Dayemi Organization, which operates as Longbranch Cafe and Bakery, and Elaine Ramsyer Greenberg will have to pay $98,400 in back wages and damages, the Labor Department said.

The award follows a review of records from February 2018 to February 2020, which found Longbranch broke the law when it asked baristas and servers to share tips with cooks and dishwashers.

You can get more information about wage and hour laws at the U.S. Department of Labor’s website.

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