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Lawsuit: Plainfield company underpaid six workers by about $67,000

JOLIET – A Plainfield provider of beverage equipment and services is being sued by the Illinois Attorney General for allegedly underpaying overtime compensation for six workers.

A lawsuit was filed Jan. 9 in Will County court against Ken’s Beverage, 10015 Mandel St., Plainfield, as well as Kenneth Reimer, the president of the company.

The Illinois Attorney General’s Office alleges Ken’s Beverage was investigated by the Illinois Department of Labor and found to have violated the state’s minimum wage laws. The lawsuit is seeking about $134,127 from the company.

Ken’s Beverage allegedly failed to pay overtime compensation to the six workers for hours they worked in excess of 40 hours in a workweek during various one-week pay periods between July 13, 2013, and Sept. 9, 2015, the lawsuit stated.

State labor officials determined the company underpaid the men a total of about $67,063 and thus violated the state’s minimum wage laws by underpaying their earned overtime compensation.

“Despite repeated demands for payment, the aforesaid amount remains outstanding,” the lawsuit stated.

Reimer failed to return calls Friday afternoon.

The lawsuit is seeking about $67,063 in compensatory damages and $67,063 in additional damages from both the company and Reimer.

Ken’s Beverage was founded in Plainfield in 1985, according to the company’s website. It is a “family owned and operated business” that has expanded throughout the U.S. and employs more than 200 service technicians.

The company considers itself the “premiere provider of beverage equipment and service.”

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