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Department of Labor: North Myrtle Beach pizzeria violated federal overtime laws

jlee@thesunnews.com

A North Myrtle Beach pizza restaurant paid more than $50,000 in back pay to its employees after a federal investigation found labor law violations.

Benito’s Brick Oven Pizza and Pasta, at 1598 Hwy 17 S., paid $54,355 to 12 employees for violating overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.

Federal investigators found the restaurant’s owner, Paul Himmelsbach, had set up a separate company, Benito’s Pizza and Meatball Express LLC, to handle deliveries, but it shared the same location as the restaurant and the two entities shared employees and ownership.

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The employer violated labor laws, the release states, because he failed to combine work hours for employees working for both companies when calculating overtime pay.

No one answered a phone call to the restaurant Monday morning, and a voicemail message left for a number listed to Himmelsbach wasn’t immediately returned.

The Benito’s website states the restaurant was originally established in North Myrtle Beach in 1989, and they opened a second location in Cozumel, Mexico, in 2016.

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