Below-minimum wage paid at Mystic Pizza

Below-minimum wage paid at Mystic Pizza

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Mystic Pizza, made famous by the Julia Roberts movie of the same name in 1988, was ordered to pay 110 employees more than $105,000 in wages for being paid less than minimum wage or not receiving overtime pay.

Investigators responded to three complaints and said John Zelepos, owner of Mystic Pizza in Mystic, Connecticut, paid cooks, dishwashers and hosts $5.69 an hour and others were paid $7.40 an hour. Connecticut’s minimum wage is $8.70 an hour.

He did not immediately return a call seeking comment Friday.

The investigation also found that employees were not paid overtime for up to 93 hours a week.

The state says that in most cases, Zelepos paid the workers in cash for the additional hours worked and did not record the correct overtime.

Zelepos also must pay $23,400 in civil penalties.

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