SAN ANGELO, Texas — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found Maw’s CPS SA, LLC, operating as Charley’s Philly Steaks, 4001 Sunset Drive, in San Angelo, did not pay overtime to three employees, violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.
A release from the department said the employer told the workers to clock out after regular closing time, but made them stay and continue working. Charley’s Philly Steaks also violated child labor standards by allowing five minors to work more than the number of hours and past specific times allowed by federal law.
Investigators said the employer was also in violation of child labor prohibited occupations because it regularly allowed one minor to use a deep fryer.
Back wages recovered by the department include $3,184 in overtime back wages; $3,184 in liquidated damages; and $3,786 in assessed civil money penalties.
“This young workforce is providing high demand services to all of us. The federal child labor laws were enacted to ensure that when young people work, the work is safe and does not jeopardize their health, well-being or educational opportunities,” Wage and Hour District Director Nicole Sellers in Austin said in the release. “Violating a worker’s right to get paid what they earned and putting minors in danger is not only illegal, it leaves a negative impression of the workforce on our youth in our community. This is most critical in a period when employers struggle to find a much-needed workforce.”