Señor Fish, the local Mexican seafood chain that opened an outlet in Echo Park in May, has agreed to pay $90,000 in back wages and damages as part of a settlement announced by the U.S. Department of Labor. The agreement cover 74 current and former workers and follows an investigation into alleged violations of Fair Labor laws. “Employees were paid ‘straight time’ for all hours worked and did not receive an overtime premium for hours worked beyond 40 per week as required,” said a Labor Department announcement. “In addition, the employer failed to record cash payments made to its employees.”
Investigators were tipped off about the violations through its EMPLEO program, which assists Spanish-speaking workers with job-related issues and concerns.
In addition to the financial settlement, Señor Fish agreed to train employees on fair labor practices and provide, install a computerized timekeeping system and inform workers on how they can download a free app to keep track of their time and potential overtime wages.
The family-owned chain, which started with a restaurant in Highland Park (now closed), operates in seven locations.