Two Simco locations have been ordered to pay more than $210,000 in back wages and penalties after an investigation found restaurants failed to pay some employees required minimum wage and overtime pay by the law.
The U.S. Department of Labor announced on Wednesday that Simco’s Roslindale and Simco’s Mattapan — and owners Denise and Evangelos Fotopoulos — violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay some employees the $7.25 minimum wage hours required by the federal government, not paying overtime for some employees, and not keeping complete and accurate records of employees’ hours of work and compensation.
“Too often we see violations like these in the restaurant industry,” Carlos Matos, district manager of the department’s wage and hour division, said in a statement. “Industry employers must understand that failure to pay minimum wage and overtime as required by federal law makes it harder for workers and their families to make ends meet and can have costly consequences. for business owners.”
A federal court ordered the restaurants to pay $97,840 in back wages and an equal amount in damages. The Department of Labor also imposed a civil penalty of $14,980.
Known for its hot dogs, Simco’s has been a Mattapan landmark since the 1930s.
“Simco’s is a real slice of Americana,” according to Boston’s Hidden Restaurants. “Young and old come here day after day, trying to grab the parking spaces in front of or near the adjacent railway bridge, while on Sundays people from the neighborhood come out of the church of the across the street in their Sunday gear, unaware of the potential for chili-or-cheese disasters that can (and will) develop from eating Simco’s dogs.
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