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Black Bear Burritos cited for minimum wage and overtime violations

By Andrea Lannom, Legal affairs writer

A Morgantown restaurant must pay more than $200,000 to 105 employees after the U.S. Department of Labor found minimum wage and overtime violations.

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division’s Charleston office found Black Bear Burritos had minimum wage and overtime violations including requiring its servers to participate in “an illegal tip pool” or “tip sharing arrangements.”

According to the news release from the U.S. Department of Labor, the investigation also found the restaurant had wage and overtime violations for managers whose salaries were unlawfully paid partly by using money from the tip pool.

The company agreed to pay $232,295 in back wages to 105 workers at its two Morgantown restaurants, according to the release.

“Failure to pay legally required minimum wage and overtime poses a serious problem to workers who, in many cases, are already struggling to get by, and also undercuts those employers that choose to obey the law and pay their workers properly,” John DuMont, director of the division’s Pittsburgh District Office, said in the release. “Tipped workers rely on customers for the bulk of their income and are especially vulnerable to hardships caused by improper or illegal tip sharing arrangements, which deprive them of their hard-earned pay.”


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