Upper Crust, the bankrupt gourmet pizza chain accused of exploiting workers as it expanded across the region, owes employees about $850,000 in back wages and damages, according to court records filed by the US Department of Labor. A federal investigation of pay practices at Upper Crust between April 2009 and January 2011 found the company violated minimum-wage and overtime laws, and failed to pay 67 employees roughly $425,000 during that period. Upper Crust owes an equal amount in damages, as well as $37,000 in civil penalties.
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