The phony priest was said to have demanded employees to tell them if they’d been late and took cash in the eatery.
California, the restaurant’s owner will have plenty of atoning work following his making employees confess to their workplace crimes.
The Garibaldi, who owns two Taqueria Garibaldi locations in northern California, has allegedly hired an untrue priest to lure workers into making confessions for them to “get the sins out” and admit to any wrongdoing that occurred during work hours, as per the U.S. Department of Labor. The fake priest is said to have asked employees a variety of related to their work, including whether they had been late to work, taken money from their employer, or displayed “bad intentions” toward their boss.
An investigation conducted by the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor found that the restaurant infringed on the Fair Labor Standards Act by refusing employee overtime pay. In addition, the restaurant illegally paid managers through the tip pool of employees and threatened workers with “adverse immigration consequences” for cooperating with the investigation in the release. Announcement.
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A worker presented evidence in federal court describing the circumstances of the confessions and the events surrounding them; a judge ordered Garibaldi, as well as his operators Eduardo Hernandez, Hector Manual Martinez Galindo, and Alejandro Rodriguez, to pay a total of $140,000 back wages and damages.
“Federal wage and hour investigators have seen corrupt employers try all kinds of scams to shortchange workers and to intimidate or retaliate against employees but a northern California restaurant’s attempt to use an alleged priest to get employees to admit workplace ‘sins’ may be among the most shameless,” the prosecutors claimed.
The identity of the priest remains not known.
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