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April 23, 2013 / Corina Valderrama

Los Angeles Sushi Hotspot Fined for Labor Violations


The popular Beverly Hills sushi restaurant, Urasawa, has been ordered to pay $65,785 in fines and unpaid wages to settle a complaint brought by the state Labor Commissioner.  An investigation into the restaurant revealed that kitchen staff regularly worked more than 10 hours each without overtime pay, rest breaks or meal breaks, according to California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su.

California labor laws require that employers provide employees with overtime premium pay of one and one-half times the employee’s regular rate of pay for all hours worked over eight hours in any workday and over 40 hours in the workweek.  However, an alternate method of scheduling is allowed. Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Orders allow employees to be scheduled four 10-hour days or three 12-hour days before affecting the regular rate of pay.  Additionally, employers are required to provide employees with a ten minute rest break for every four hours of work, or major fraction thereof, and a 30-minute uninterrupted, duty-free meal period for shifts that are more than five hours.

Of the $65,785 that Urasawa is required to pay, $38,585 will be used to compensate employees’ unpaid wages and the rest of the fine represents penalties.

If you or anyone you know have been improperly denied overtime wages or meal and rest periods, please contact Khorrami, LLP for a private consultation.

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