San Antonio based restaurant China Sea, agreed to pay $504,577 to 82 former workers for minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping violations. China Sea used two sets of books, one real, one not so real. Some kitchen workers were paid a salary that did not equate to minimum wage. And some workers worked 60 hours per week, but their hours were not recorded. And, servers were not properly paid. The Department of Labor filed suit against the corporate owner, PCXAC LLC and WKHK Investment LLC, which own three China Sea restaurants. The suit originally sought over $1 million in damages on behalf of 164 workers.
The lawsuit was filed in 2012. The parties completed discovery and apparently agreed to a settlement after a mediation session. See Cause No. 12-CV-1210. See San Antonio Express News report.