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Burn Co. Barbecue operator pays over $55,000 in back wages after Labor Dept. investigation

Burn Co. Barbecue operator pays over $55,000 in back wages after U.S. Department of Labor investigation
Posted at 3:20 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 10:56:15-04

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa's Burn Co. Inc. paid over $55,000 in back wages after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Burn Co. Inc., also known as Burn Co. Barbecue restaurants, paid pit hands, pitmasters, cooks and dishwashers a flat amount of money each day no matter how many hours the employees worked, according to a release from the Department of Labor.

This resulted in a violation when employees worked more than 40 hours per week. Burn Co. Inc. failed to pay overtime on top of the daily rates, officials said.

Burn Co. Inc.'s operator paid $55,372 back wages to 22 employees to resolve requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at its Jenks and Tulsa locations.

Officials said the employer failed to keep accurate records of the amount of hours employees works as well, which violated FLSA record keeping requirements.

Employees must be paid all the wages they have legally earned. We encourage employers and workers to contact our office to learn more about their rights and responsibilities under federal wage laws.
Wage and Hour Division District Director Michael Speer | Oklahoma City, Okla.

The Department of Labor said employers that discover any time or wage violations can self-report and solve those violations without any legal litigation through their PAID Program.

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