It seems strange to ask staff members to confess their sins to a priest, but it has actually happened. A priest is said to have visited the workplace of a Mexican restaurant in California called Taqueria Garibaldi and forced the staff to confess to their sins committed there. The employees were provoked into confessing while on the clock when they were accused of stealing money, being late, and even defying their boss. Of course, the priest was also not a real one.
The restaurant was found to be trying to retaliate and prevent its employees from speaking up when the Department of Labour looked into the situation. It was attempting to obstruct investigations that might have exposed wage problems.
The fact that the employees were not compensated for their overtime hours clearly violates labour laws. The managers illegally took money from the employees’ tip jars. The workers were also warned that if they assisted the Labour Department’s investigations, immigration investigations would be launched against them. A worker was even let go because it was believed he had gotten in touch with the Department.
According to Fox News, the restaurant will now pay its staff $5,000 in civil penalties, $70,000 in back wages, and about $70,000 in damages.