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Maui Food Truck Group Owes Workers $290,314, DOL Finds (1)

July 22, 2022, 6:01 PMUpdated: July 25, 2022, 3:23 PM

The operator of five food truck restaurants in Maui, Hawaii owes 95 workers over $290,000 in back wages and damages, the US Labor Department said.

An agency investigation found that an enterprise made up of the corporations Da Nani Pirates LLC, Da Nani Pirates Lahaina LLC, Maui Poke LLC, Maui Burgers LLC, and Aloha Thai Fusion LLC, required workers to give a portion of their tips to management, paid them straight-time rates for hours over 40 in a workweek, and failed to combine all hours employees worked at multiple locations, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division said Thursday.

“When issues were brought to our attention, we accepted responsibility and fully cooperated with the Department of Labor during the nine-month investigation,” said Joshua Marten, a managing member and owner of the corporations.

The investigation led to the recovery of $145,157 in unpaid wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages. The department also assessed a $20,000 civil money penalty totaling $310,314 in charges.

“Wages earned should be wages paid, and when an employee works overtime, they should be paid overtime, as required,” Wage and Hour Division District Director Terence Trotter in Honolulu said in a statement.

(Updated with comment from Joshua Marten in third paragraph. Story originally published July 22.)

To contact the reporter on this story: Jalen Brown in Washington at jbrown@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Martha Mueller Neff at mmuellerneff@bloomberglaw.com