Feed & Grain of Northport, Inc. and an individual owner have been named in a former employee’s proposed collective action in which he alleges violations of federal and state labor laws.
The plaintiff in the case says he was employed as a dishwasher, food preparer, and chef at the defendants’ Feed & Grain restaurant in Northport, New York, between May 2009 and May 2018. According to the lawsuit, the man worked approximately 78 hours per week during the summers, 56 hours per week between October and December, and 51 hours per week from January through May. Despite consistently working more than 40 hours per week, the plaintiff never received time-and-a-half overtime wages or spread-of-hours wages, the lawsuit claims.
Furthermore, the suit alleges that instead of compensating the man at his agreed-upon hourly rate, the defendants rounded his wages down, paying him $650, $700, or $1,000 per week, for example, instead of $663, $702, or $1,014, respectively. The plaintiff claims he was always paid in cash and was never given accurate wage statements with his pay.