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US Dept. of Labor sues Meers restaurant, claims underpaid employees and child labor

The U.S. Dept. of Labor has filed a lawsuit against the Meers restaurant claiming employees were undeerpaid or too young. (Source KSWO) The U.S. Dept. of Labor has filed a lawsuit against the Meers restaurant claiming employees were undeerpaid or too young. (Source KSWO)
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MEERS, OK (KSWO) -A restaurant in Meers is facing accusations it violated wage and child labor laws.

According to a recent complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Meers Store and Restaurant owes more than $181,000 to workers for unpaid wages dating back to 2012. The complaint says the business failed to pay employees overtime, paid workers "off the books" and some workers were paid less than federal minimum wage.

The U.S. Department of Labor also accused the restaurant of using unpaid children as young as 10 to bus tables.

The owner Meers Store and Restaurant has denied the claims.

The restaurant was sold to the current owners, Joe and Margie Maranto, in May 1983, and boasts having the “best burger in Oklahoma.”

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