DENVER (AP) – The U.S. Labor Department says a Mexican restaurant chain in Colorado has been told to pay $73,132 in back wages to 58 current and former cooks and dishwashers following an investigation.

Department officials say an investigation allegedly found Carlos Miguel’s Mexican Bar & Grill violated overtime, minimum-wage and record-keeping provisions at restaurants in Woodland Park, Frisco, Castle Rock, Littleton and Colorado Springs.

Investigators say in some cases, employees worked up to 55 hours in a week without receiving proper wages. Investigators say some employees were underpaid because they were misclassified as salaried employees exempt from federal overtime and minimum wage requirements.

Federal investigators say the restaurant cooperated with the investigation and has agreed to abide by the Fair Labor Standards Act in the future.

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