Feds sue Maru Sushi for inadequate worker pay

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) —  Grand Rapids hot spot Maru Sushi is facing a federal lawsuit for allegedly not properly paying its employees.

The three-page lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids lists 148 employees from at least four different locations in Grand Rapids, East Lansing, Okemos and Midland. Maru also has a Kalamazoo restaurant that was not named in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit accused Maru owner Robert Song of paying workers less than minimum wage, not paying overtime, and not keeping adequate time records.

Maru is also accused of illegally forcing employees to pool their tips and give a portion of the money to cooks and managers.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office wants Maru to pay all the back pay it owes to individual employees, but the dollar amount is not specified in the lawsuit.

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