Reading Terminal merchant pays back wages owed to workers

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The owners of a produce market and restaurant in the Reading Terminal Market have agreed to pay $660,117 in back wages and damages to 140 current and former employees, the U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday.



Instead of paying workers overtime after 40 hours, the owners of the Molly Malloy bar and Iovine Brothers Produce paid workers straight time in cash — following the same practice for tipped and hourly workers. The owners of the businesses, James and Vincent Iovine, also had to pay a civil penalty of $62,007 “due to the willful nature of the violations,” the department said. The company, Iovine Brothers Inc., did not keep proper payroll records, the Labor Department said.

Iovine Brothers Inc. operates the produce business and Iovine Brothers Bar and Grill Inc., which does business as Molly Malloy. The department said that the company agreed to change its practices to comply with the law.





“For workers in the restaurant and service sectors, money earned through overtime can make a big difference to their livelihood,” James Cain, director of the division’s Philadelphia District Office, said in a statement. “For employers in this competitive industry, maintaining a level playing field is critical.”

The Iovine brothers were not immediately available for comment.



















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