2 restaurants in southwestern Mich. settle pay dispute

Kalamazoo — Two pancake restaurants in southwestern Michigan have agreed to pay $245,000 to more than 100 employees to settle an investigation over wages, tips and overtime.

A court filing shows at least one worker at Sophia’s House of Pancakes will receive $9,500. The restaurant operates in Kalamazoo and Benton Harbor.

The settlement was approved Monday by Grand Rapids federal Judge Robert Holmes Bell. The U.S. Labor Department filed a lawsuit in 2014.

Nicholas Mumma, who worked at the Kalamazoo location in 2010, will get $158. He tells the Kalamazoo Gazette that he was allowed to keep only a percentage of his tips.

John Philis, owner of Sophia’s House in Kalamazoo, says he’s working with his lawyer to ensure he’s following the law.