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US Labor Department Files Lawsuit Against the Sunshine Motel in Yakima

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The U. S. Department of Labor's Wage filed a lawsuit against Sunshine Motel Inn in Yakima. The U. S. Department of Labor's Wage filed a lawsuit against Sunshine Motel Inn in Yakima.

YAKIMA, WA - The U. S. Department of Labor's Wage filed a lawsuit against Sunshine Motel Inn in Yakima for alleged employer denying minimum wage, overtime and damages for employees.

The lawsuit said The U. S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division  alleges that Sunshine Motel Inn and its manager, Rajiv Sauson, willfully and repeatedly failed to pay their employees the federal minimum wage  and overtime  for hours worked after 40 in a work week. 

The suit also alleges that the employer failed to maintain and make employees' payroll records available to investigators, in violation of the recordkeeping provisions of the FLSA. The case is being litigated by the department's Regional Solicitors' office.

 "This employer has a longstanding business model of not paying his employees the minimum and overtime wages federal law requires, often paying no wages at all," said Janet Herold, the department's Regional Solicitor. "We are seeking a court order requiring the company and its manager to pay unpaid wages and damages, and prohibiting the employer from future violations of the FLSA. This lawsuit demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that workers receive every penny they have rightfully earned.  Other employees being paid in this manner should call the Wage and Hour Division."

The lawsuit seeks payment of the minimum wage and overtime compensation due plus an equal amount in liquidated damages. It also seeks to enjoin the company and its manager from violating the FLSA in the future. 

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