A U.S. District Court Judge has ordered Ramunto’s Brick Oven Pizza in Claremont to pay $30,000 in back wages and damages to 32 employees.
Daniel Cronin with the Manchester Area Office of the U.S. Department of Labor says the employees were paid their regular hourly rate for hours worked over 40 in a week.
“Hours worked after 40 per week should be paid at one and one half times the employees’ rate of pay, or time and a half, as it’s often referred to. In this instance, the workers were paid in cash, off the books, for their hours worked after 40.”
According to the Department of Labor, for some employees, as much as half their weekly wages were paid off-the-books.
Cronin says the ruling affects mostly cooks and dishwashers.
The location in Claremont is operated by a franchisee. Cronin says the ruling is unrelated to other Ramunto’s locations.