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Mexican restaurant chain in Ohio settles with feds

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The owners of a chain of Mexican restaurants in southwest Ohio have agreed to pay more than $58,000 in back wages to dozens of employees as part of a settlement in a lawsuit filed by federal labor officials.

The Dayton Daily News ( ) reports the owners of El Rancho Grande on Thursday agreed to distribute the amount among more than 170 employees. Each employee will receive between $25 and $2,350. The original lawsuit claimed the owners owed about $285,000.

The newspaper reports the chain's president of operations Gary Rodriguez says the owners gave the U.S. Department of Labor documents refuting the accusations, but they agreed to settle for the lower amount to avoid rising legal fees.

A department spokeswoman was unavailable to comment because of the partial federal government shutdown.

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