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Labor department claims pay issues at Mid-Missouri Dunkin’ stores


The federal labor department claims a chain of mid-Missouri doughnut stores have not properly paid its workers.

The U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday against three Dunkin' stores and one of its owners, Anup Thakkar. The stores include two Columbia locations, on South Providence Road and Elm Street, and one Jefferson City spot on Missouri Boulevard.

The lawsuit claims the stores have not paid employees above the state's previous minimum wage of $7.25 an hour since March 2017. The department also alleges that the restaurants did not pay workers a proper overtime wage and that owners did not keep "adequate and accurate" records of employee's wages and hours worked.

The lawsuit calls for a judge to order the stores pay for any unpaid minimum wages or overtime lost since 2017. It does not specify how much money that might be.

Neither the Department of Labor nor Thakkar returned messages seeking comment on Monday.

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Lucas Geisler

Lucas Geisler anchors the 5 p.m. show for ABC 17 News and reports on the latest news around mid-Missouri at 9 and 10 p.m.


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