WICHITA, Kan. (AP) The U.S. Department of Labor has sued a Wichita restaurant alleging it failed to pay its workers minimum wage.
The lawsuit filed Thursday against the owners of China Star seeks unspecified wages and additional damages for nine named employees for their work between January 2009 and March 2010. It also seeks an injunction restraining the owners from further violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.
Named in the lawsuit are co-owners Hank Luc and Xin G. Chen, doing business as China Star of Wichita.
Luc told The Associated Press that the employees were lying to the Labor Department.
He says the restaurant paid the workers what they were owed and that he tried talking to the Labor Department, but officials there don’t listen to him.