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Employee at Chinese Buffet Sues Over Unpaid Wages

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Jose Armando Miranda Gonzalez, a restaurant employee in the Houston-area, has filed a lawsuit against Hu Jiang Inc. after getting paid wages that were less than the minimum wage. He claims that he got paid $1,500 a month, but that he generally worked 12 hours a day and six days per week, as did other salad prep cooks working for the company.

The Southeast Texas Record reports that the lawsuit against Hu Jiang Inc. claims violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The company does business as King Buffet, Jin Zhu Wang, and Li Qiu Jiang and has restaurant locations in La Porte, Pasadena, and Houston. The lawsuit is a collective action among several current and former salad prep cooks that worked for the company.

With help from a Houston employment lawyer, the plaintiff is seeking an award of unpaid wages, unpaid overtime wages, liquidated damages and attorney’s fees. According to FindLaw, FLSA requires covered, non-exempt employees to be paid a minimum wage of at least $7.25 per hour worked. Employees must also be paid at a rate of not less than one and one-half times their regular rate of pay when they work more than 40 hours in a work week. The FLSO rules apply to workers in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments.

In addition to establishing minimum wage and overtime pay laws, FLSA also covers laws that deal with recordkeeping and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers. More information on basic wage standards in the workplace can be found through our Related Resource pages.

Related Resources:

  • Federal Wage Law: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FindLaw)
  • Find a Houston Employment Lawyer (FindLaw)
  • Checklist to Determine Overtime Liability under the FLSA (FindLaw)

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