Restaurant owes workers $700,000 in back wages, labor officials say

By , WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

Employees of a restaurant in Chicago are getting $700,000 in back wages after the government found the owners violated labor laws.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has paid out most of the back wages to 60 employees of Tank Noodle within the last month.

Some were owed more than $10,000 apiece, officials said.

An agency spokesperson said they are still trying to locate some workers.

The money covers a two-year period during which investigators found the owners paid some employees a flat amount per day, instead of hourly, and paid others only in tips — and included management in tip-pooling.

Tank Noodle was closed on Wednesdays, when WBBM Newsradio sought comment.

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