Federal regulators have filed a lawsuit with allegations of wage and hour violations against Copper Caboose restaurant, 5609 Avenue Q in Lubbock. The complaint was filed last week by attorneys for the Department of Labor (DOL).
The complaint does not mention the other Lubbock location at 50th Street and Slide Road.
The DOL wants a court order to hold Copper Caboose"… liable for unpaid minimum wage compensation due to employees and for the liquidated damages equal in amount to the unpaid compensation…". So, in simple terms, regulators want the judge to determine how much is owed in back pay and then make the business pay twice that amount.
The complaint does not give a specific dollar figure, but instead lists 180 employees and claims they are all owed back wages.
The complaint says, "During the period since May 11, 2009, Defendant has violated and is violating the provisions of … [federal minimum wage law] by employing employees … at rates less than the minimum hourly rates required…"
A manager at Cooper Caboose declined comment on Thursday. A message to the owner has not yet been returned.
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