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Florence Skyline Chili Fined for Labor Violations

A Northern Kentucky Skyline Chili location has been penalized by the federal government.

The U.S. Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division announced that Zang Group Florence Mall Road, LLC, which operates as Skyline Chili, paid $6,065 in back wages to 26 employees for violating minimum wage, overtime, and record-keeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The restaurant also paid a civil penalty of $4,992 for federal child labor violations.

The federal agency determined that Skyline allowed three employees who were younger than 16 years old to work more hours than allowed, and also to disassemble, clean, and assemble a power-driven slicer as part of their employment. That is a violation of the FLSA child labor work requirements.

 

The Skyline location also failed to pay employees the required federal minimum wage for all the hours that they worked and the correct overtime rate when they worked more than 40 hours in a workweek, the Labor Department said. 

The wage violations resulted from the employer’s practice of paying employees working in non-tipped jobs, such as drive-through attendants, the tipped-worker minimum wage of $2.13 per hour.

The employer also violated FLSA record-keeping requirements when it failed to maintain records of the number of hours employees worked, and failed to display the required FLSA poster.

“Child labor laws exist to strike a balance between providing meaningful work experience for young people and keeping them safe on the job,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Karen Garnett, in Louisville. “The U.S. Department of Labor encourages all employers to review their employment obligations and to contact us for compliance assistance. Violations like the wage issues and the child labor violations found in this investigation can be avoided.”

-Staff report