Restaurants, Owners and Managers Ordered to Pay 700K to Employees

A consent judgment was entered in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin requiring El Azteca Restaurant Group, including the restaurants, the owners and the managers, to pay 129 current and former employees, $700,000 in back wages and liquidated damages.  

In addition to many other requirements in the Order, it also provides that if the owners of the restaurants sell business assets prior to completing payment of the back wages, damages and penalties, the proceeds of the sale must go directly toward the debt owed to the workers; and if the individual defendants sell their primary residence, the Secretary of Labor will place a lien on any new residence purchased.