Dozens of restaurant workers at Fredo’s Wine and Tapas in Old Town weren’t paid the minimum wage or overtime pay for more than a year, the U.S. Department of Labor alleges in a new federal lawsuit filed against the business on Friday.
The complaint lists 27 current and former employees affected by the alleged wage violations between July 2018 and October 2019. Fredo’s opened in summer 2018. The DOL does not yet know what dollar amount is owed to the workers.
The complaint accuses Fredo’s owner Alfred Abdelmaseh of violating portions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which established the right to a minimum wage and “time-and-a-half” overtime pay when employees work more than 40 hours per week, among other things. The U.S. labor department seeks to recover the unpaid wages and damages, including interest payment, for the workers.