It seems there is more to televangelist Ernest Angley than fire and brimstone. Cathedral Buffet Inc. is an Ohio-based enterprise under the Angley banner that markets the Cathedral Buffet and Banquet Center as an excellent resource for business groups to hold large meetings. However, a recent lawsuit suggests that Cathedral Buffet has dropped the ball when it comes to upholding Ohio Labor Laws and other labor statutes under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
The lawsuit was filed last month by the US Department of Labor (DOL). Amongst the allegations of unfair practices and affronts to Ohio Employment statutes and violations against FLSA, are claims that some workers were not paid minimum wage. Others were incorrectly classified in order to avoid paying overtime, together with claims of “oppressive child labor” involving minors.
According to court documents, minors between the ages of 14 to 16 years of age were allowed to work more than three hours on school days, more than eight hours on non-school days and allowed to work beyond 7 pm during the school year, the complaint alleges.
“Such employment constitutes oppressive child labors as defined in Section 3(1) of the Act,” the complaint reads.
Other employees who were not exempt from overtime qualification were denied overtime pay after having worked more than 40 hours in a week, or so it is alleged. Other employees, according to court documents, were classified as “volunteers” and thus not paid wages at all, or so it is alleged.
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In its complaint, the DOL holds that Cathedral Buffet should be found liable for the unpaid wage and overtime compensation due its employees, and seeks liquidated damages equal to the unpaid compensation, amongst other claims.
The official website for Cathedral Buffet promotes itself as “one of northeast Ohio’s largest buffet and banquet centers. Guests can come expecting fine dining in a relaxing atmosphere.”
The Ohio State Employment lawsuit is Perez v. Cathedral Buffet Inc. et al., Case No. 5:15-cv-01577, in the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.