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Banquet facility agrees to pay $50,000 in back wages, AG says

The Bridgeview Yacht Club in Island Park in

The Bridgeview Yacht Club in Island Park in an undated photo. Credit: Phillip Davies

An Island Park banquet facility has agreed to pay 19 workers $50,000 to settle state claims that it failed to pay them overtime for nearly six years, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s office said Monday.

The office had accused the Bridgeview Yacht Club of not adequately tracking the hours of its wait staff and bartenders and failing to pay them overtime when they worked more than 40 hours a week. Under federal law, hourly workers must be paid at least 1 1⁄2 times their regular hourly rate when they work overtime, and all their hours must be recorded.

A lawyer representing the company confirmed the settlement.

“Our client has amicably resolved the investigation by the Attorney General Office’s Labor Bureau and is committed to complying with federal and state wage and hour laws, as well as ensuring employees of the company are treated fairly,” said Douglas H. Wigdor of the Manhattan law firm Wigdor LLP.

In a settlement a company neither denies nor admits guilt. The agreement covers alleged violations between May 2009 and June 2015 and includes damages and interest, the attorney general’s office said.

Some of the workers were paid straight time when they worked more than 40 hours, the agency said. Others “were simply given a lump-sum payment for hours past 40, in an amount that did not comply with overtime requirements,” the office said.

“Nothing is more fundamental than getting a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, and we will vigorously enforce the laws protecting our most vulnerable workers,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

His office investigated after receiving an employee complaint.


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