The owner of 15 Houlihan’s locations New Jersey and New York – including the Secaucus restaurant – has been fined millions for violating minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping requirements.
Two companies owned by Arnold Runestad of Bergen County were accused of pocketing more than $40,000 in tips, failing to pay overtime and double charged employees for food by making them pay and still deducting the money from their paychecks.
The US Department of Labor announced an agreement on Monday that $5 million in back wages and damages will be paid to more than 1,000 workers. The agreement still required approval from a United States District Court judge.
In addition to the Secaucus location, Runestad’s companies owned restaurants in Bayonne, Brick, Bridgewater, Cherry Hill, Eatontown, Fairfield, Hasbrouck Heights, Holmdel, Lawrenceville, Metuchen/Woodbridge, New Brunswick, Paramus, Ramsey, and Weehawken.