ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York Department of Labor said yesterday that New York City gourmet grocer Amish Market and three related stores would pay nearly $1.5 million to about 550 workers to settle an investigation into violations of state laws concerning payment for overtime.
"These stores market themselves as 'the answer to busy people's dilemma,'" said M. Patricia Smith, commissioner for the DOL. "But while busy patrons bought gourmet meals, busy workers were working up to 60 hours per week without being paid overtime."
State law requires that workers receive 1.5 times their hourly salary after 40 hours of work per week. The case was referred to the Department of Labor by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500.
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