Bogota Co-Owners Meet President Obama
On Thursday, March 13, 2014, Bogota Latin Bistro co-owners Farid Ali Lancheros and George Constantinou had the unique honor of meeting U.S. President Barack Obama as he signed an order directing the Labor Department to expand the class of employees entitled to overtime pay.
“Unfortunately today, millions of Americans aren’t getting the extra pay they deserve,” Mr. Obama said in an 11-minute ceremony in the East Room of the White House. He said that a federal rule meant to limit overtime “for highly paid, white-collar employees” now covers workers earning as little as $24,000 a year.
“Overtime is a pretty simple idea,” Mr. Obama said. “If you have to work more, you should get paid more.”
Bogota co-owners Farid and George were recognized as business leaders who offered their employees fair wages including overtime pay.
The morally-minded entrepreneurs have been previously recognized for running an incredibly successful restaurant by the U.S. Small Business Administration and for providing ethical standards in the workplace by the Restaurant Opportunities Center (“ROC”) United. Bogota Latin Bistro is one of a small number of restaurants that provide their employees with health insurance and 401k plans.
“To be personally invited by the White House to come meet the President of the United States of America in addition to standing next to him as he signs an Executive Order in the East Wing is one of the most momentous occasions of my life, right next to becoming a father,” said Farid.
“Meeting President Obama at The White House was a mind blowing experience,” George said. “Hopefully he will accept the invitation to come to Bogota Bistro.”