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LI restaurants to pay $1.7M in back wages

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NEW YORK (AP) - Federal authorities say seven Long Island restaurants have agreed to pay nearly $1.7 million in back wages to 363 waiters and kitchen workers.

The U.S. Labor Department says the restaurants - six in Suffolk and one in Nassau - were accused of paying workers below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. They also were accused of paying employees off the books, failing to pay time and a half for overtime and other violations.

Newsday says representatives at five of the restaurants weren't available for comment. The manager of another hung up after being reached by telephone. The attorney for a seventh declined to comment.

Authorities say the violations occurred at various times between 2011 and 2013.

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