Hana Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar has agreed to pay 135 servers and chefs nearly $115,000 in back wages after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime, minimum wage and record-keeping provisions.

Hana Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar has agreed to pay 135 servers and chefs nearly $115,000 in back wages after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime, minimum wage and record-keeping provisions. Affected employees worked at the restaurant establishments in Leesville, Alexandra, Natchitoches and Shreveport.

Investigations conducted by the division's New Orleans district office found that servers and chefs were paid a fixed salary, regardless of hours worked, that often resuled in their hourly wages falling below the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour. These employees worked an average of 50 to 55 hours a week, and were paid straight time wages, rather than time and one-half their regular rates of pay for hours worked beyond 40 in a workweek, as required by the FLSA. The employer also failed to maintain accurate records of employees' work hours, in violation of the act's record-keeping requirements.

As a result of the investigation, the restaurants have agreed to pay back the $114,978 in back wages to the affected employees at the locations. They have also committed to implementing a number of changes to their employment practices to ensure all hours worked by their employees are properly recorded and compensated, in according with the FLSA. Payment of back wages is ongoing.