The Willows Inn — Lummi Island’s nationally famend advantageous eating institution — has agreed to pay $600,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit for alleged wage theft. Within the lawsuit, filed in 2017, former workers accused Willows Inn head chef/co-owner Blaine Wetzel and administration for “failing to pay minimal wage for all work carried out, time beyond regulation wages, and to offer or pay for relaxation and meal breaks below Washington legislation.” A settlement was agreed upon by each events in October 2020.
The lawsuit — which the Seattle Instances first reported — is said to a labor violation discover the restaurant acquired across the identical time, roughly 4 years in the past. On the time, the Willows Inn doled out $149,000 in unpaid wages and damages to 19 kitchen workers members, following a Division of Labor (DOL) investigation. In its report from 2017, the Labor Division claimed Willows Inn “violated