San Francisco — The owners of two Thai restaurants in California owe 47 workers over US$1.6 million (50.9 million baht) in wage theft violations, according to state labor regulators.
Regulators have fined owners Yaowapha Ritdet and Steve Walter a total of over US$1.8 million for the violations.
They were found to owe employees $1,086,435 in unpaid minimum wages, $376,640 in unpaid overtime, and $153,582 for meal period premiums. In addition, the owners were fined $189,250 in civil penalties for wage violations, according to reports.
The restaurants are Walter Cafe and Ruen Tong Thai Cuisine in Ukiah, about 185 kilometers (115 miles) north of San Francisco.
The investigation, conducted by both state and federal regulators, found the restaurants committed violations in a three year period of overlong workdays, failure to pay minimum wage, failure to pay overtime, and the forced falsification of timecards.