May 22, 2024

US Department of Labor files complaint seeking $300K in back wages, damages for Belleville restaurant workers denied minimum wage, overtime

Employers:    Gordo Corp., operating as El Gordito, Belleville, Illinois

                        Patricia and Samuel Gonzalez Lara, owners

Action:           Complaint filing

Court:             U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

May 22, 2024

Court denies Vermont employers’ motion to dismiss Department of Labor lawsuit alleging social media retaliation against employees

BOSTON – A federal court in Vermont has concluded that the First Amendment does not protect a Milton, Vermont, excavation contractor and its officials from using social media to retaliate against employees. The decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont is the latest action in ongoing litigation between the Department of Labor and Bevins & Son Inc.

May 21, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $38K in back wages for 17 workers, court finds Dearborn restaurant owner in contempt of 2018 order

Employers:    MKK Holding Inc., operating as the Blue Fish Asian Cuisine, Dearborn, Michigan

                        Sung Hee Kim

                        Min Kyu Kim

                        Yong Kim                        

May 21, 2024

Court orders Long Island employer who demanded employees kick back recovered wages to pay $15K in punitive damages

Date of action:                      May 20, 2024

 Type of action:                     Consent judgment and order 

 Names of defendants:           P & B Heating & Air Conditioning Corp., West Babylon, New York; 

                                               Craig Napolitano; Robert Napolitano 

May 20, 2024

Federal court orders backpay, damages, prohibits Greenville cleaning service from violating wage laws after Department of Labor sues

GREENVILLE, MS The Department of Labor has obtained a federal consent judgment that requires a Greenville cleaning and janitorial service and its owner to pay more than $127,000 in back wages, liquidated damages and compensatory damages following a court’s finding that the two illegally terminated workers for asserting their rights to federally-mandated sick leave. 

May 20, 2024

Department of Labor recovers more than $450K in back wages, damages for 62 workers at Half Moon Bay farms, sites of 2023 fatal shootings

SAN FRANCISCO – A U.S. Department of Labor investigation has recovered more than $450,000 in back wages and damages for 62 people employed by two Half Moon Bay mushroom farms — where a disgruntled co-worker fatally shot seven migrant workers in January 2023 — and assessed penalties after investigators found the employers underpaid workers and provided unsafe housing conditions.

May 16, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $37K in owed wages, damages  for 19 workers denied overtime by 2 Rio Grande Valley restaurants

Employer name:           Blanca Rosa Amezcua, operating as Taqueria Tepeque #1

                                               Taqueria Tepeque LLC, operating as Taqueria Tepeque #2                                

May 15, 2024

Court affirms Department of Labor’s ability to sue Brooklyn staffing agency that demanded workers stay 3 years or repay wages

Date of action:                       May 8, 2024

Type of action:                      Denial of employer’s motion to dismiss

Employers:                            Advanced Care Staffing LLC, Brooklyn, New York

                                                Priority Care Staffing LLC, New York, New York

                                               CEO Sam Klein 

May 15, 2024

Department of Labor recovers more than $153K in back wages, damages from South Carolina convenience store that denied overtime to workers

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Employer:      Samer Express LLC

295 Glenn Road

West Columbia, SC 29172

May 14, 2024

US Department of Labor files complaint seeking back wages, damages for case managers denied overtime by North Central Health Care

Employers:    North Central Community Services Program and Affiliatesoperating as North Central Health Care in Wausau, Wisconsin

Action:           Complaint filing

Court:             U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin 

May 14, 2024

Department of Labor obtains judgment requiring Philadelphia-area home care employer to pay over $1M in overtime back wages, damages, penalties

COLLINGDALE, PA – The Department of Labor has obtained a consent judgment in federal court that orders a Delaware County home care agency to pay more than $1 million in back wages, liquidated damages and penalties after the department found the employer shortchanged 159 workers of their earned wages. 

May 14, 2024

Un juez confirma conclusiones de que subcontratista de Maryland negó a 55 trabajadores en un proyecto financiado con fondos federales, su salario completo y beneficios complementarios, debe US$186.000

WASHINGTON – Un juez de derecho administrativo confirmó las conclusiones de una investigación del Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU. sobre las prácticas laborales de un subcontratista de concreto de Bowie, Maryland, y sus propietarios, que encontró que los empleadores clasificaron erróneamente a los trabajadores en un proyecto de viviendas asequibles financiado con fondos federales en el Distrito de Columbia, infringiendo las regulaciones federales.

May 13, 2024

US Department of Labor obtains judgment to recover $152K in back wages, damages owed to Bronx medical care provider’s employees

NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a consent judgment to recover $152,000 in back wages and liquidated damages for nine people employed by a Bronx medical care provider that routinely failed to pay them overtime for hours over 40 in a workweek because their employer wrongly classified them as exempt from certain federal regulations.

May 13, 2024

Court enters injunction after Evansville restaurant owner agrees to stop intimidating workers who cooperate with federal wage investigation

EVANSVILLE, IN – An Evansville diner owner will post a statement for employees and allow a U.S. Department of Labor representative to read its content aloud to inform the employees of their rights to cooperate with federal wage investigators and that the owner is subject to a department lawsuit for retaliating against workers and failing to pay required wages. 

May 10, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $151K in back wages, damages for 32 Indianapolis home healthcare aides denied overtime

Employer:      Renee’s Helping Hands 

                         Indianapolis, IN

May 9, 2024

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WASHINGTON – Sa' jun reheb' li jwal nimla sumk'uub' re li muxek sa' li tojleb' li maajunwa' chaq kik'ulman choq reheb' li nakek'anjelak sa' li ninqi k'ay re kaxlan re Estados Unidos, jun li raqleb'aal aatin re li awab'ejilal sa' li tenamit Los Angeles kixk'e jun li taql raqb'a aatin li naxtaqla xyeeb'al re li Fu Qian Chen Lu, li Bruce Shu Hua Lok ut wankeb'

May 9, 2024

Court enters preliminary injunction after Indiana liquor store owner agrees to stop intimidating workers who speak with federal wage investigators

SOUTH BEND, IN – The operator of 61 liquor stores in two states must pay $354,633 in back wages and damages to 156 employees, post a statement and play a recorded video message to inform workers of their right to cooperate with federal wage investigators and notify them that he is subject to a federal lawsuit for retaliating against workers and failing to pay required wages, a U.S. District Court has ordered.