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Hotline set up for Houlihan's workers owed back wages

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The U.S. Department of Labor has established a hotline for the 1,471 current and former Houlihan’s employees throughout New Jersey and New York to help them recover back wages and liquidated damages entitled to them by an agreement signed by the owner of 17 Houlihan’s locations.

Affected employees may call the Department’s Wage and Hour Division at 908-389-5442 for updates on back wage payments and to submit updated contact information.

The restaurants and their owner Arnold Runestad were found in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act by denying employees overtime pay, including ineligible employees in a mandatory tip pool, and withholding money from checks for meals that employees had already paid for out of pocket.

An agreement providing for the recovery of $5 million in back wages and liquidated damages was approved April 9 by the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The agreement covers employees from New Jersey Houlihan’s locations in Bayonne, Brick, Bridgewater, Cherry Hill, Eatontown, Fairfield, Hasbrouck Heights, Holmdel, Lawrenceville, Metuchen/Woodbridge, New Brunswick, Paramus, Ramsey, Secaucus, and Weehawken; and in New York Houlihan’s locations in Farmingdale and Westbury.

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Gabrielle Saulsbery

Gabrielle Saulsbery

Albany, N.Y. native Gabrielle Saulsbery is a staff writer for NJBIZ and the newest thing in New Jersey. You can contact her at gsaulsbery@njbiz.com.

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