June 27, 2022

Federal court sentences Florida addiction recovery doctor to prison, to pay $31.3M in restitution after submitting $106M in fraudulent benefits claims

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – A federal court in Miami has sentenced the former medical director of a West Palm Beach residential addiction recovery center to prison and ordered more than $31 million in restitution paid as part of a healthcare scheme to obtain reimbursement for $106 million in false claims to more than 80 private insurance companies and federal healthcare benefit programs.

June 8, 2022

Federal judge finds Michigan home healthcare provider liable for $93K in overtime back wages, damages to 23 workers

DETROIT – A federal judge has found Independent Home Care of Michigan LLC and its owners Mary Clark and Kathryn Flick liable to pay 23 home healthcare workers a total of $93,331 – representing $46,665 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages– after the company failed to pay companion workers overtime wages.

June 8, 2022

Court sentences Ohio businessman to 2 years in prison for failing to forward federal payroll taxes, stealing workers’ healthcare contributions

CLEVELAND, OH – A North Royalton businessman who failed to pay payroll taxes to the IRS and embezzled health care premiums deducted from his employees’ checks, will spend the next two years in prison and pay restitution of $558,697 to the IRS and $3,807 to the participants of his companies’ health care plan.

June 7, 2022

Federal court orders Arizona construction employer to pay coercive fines of up to $120K every three months if it continues to falsify employee time records

Date of actions:         May 5 and May 27, 2022

Type of action:          Contempt Orders

Names of defendants:  Valley Wide Plastering Inc.; Jesse Guerrero; Rose Guerrero; J.R. Guerrero

June 2, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $283K in wages, liquidated damages for 19 New Hampshire landscaping contractor workers willfully denied overtime pay

MANCHESTER, NH – A federal court has entered a consent order against a Salem landscaping contractor, operating in southern New Hampshire and northeastern Massachusetts, which requires the New Hampshire-based contractor to pay a total of $283,020 – $141,510 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages – to 19 workers to resolve violations of the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

June 1, 2022

Bronx contractor whose worker suffered fatal fall to take corrective actions, pay $169K in penalties, after US Department of Labor investigation, litigation

Date of action:                       May 10, 2022

Type of action:                       Stipulated Settlement Agreement

Company:                               Everest Scaffolding Inc., Bronx, N.Y.

May 16, 2022

Grand jury indicts Didion Milling Inc., six managers on nine counts related to five deaths, numerous serious injuries in 2017 Cambria corn mill explosion

CAMBRIA, WI – A federal grand jury has indicted the operator and six management officials of a Cambria corn mill – where a May 31, 2017, explosion killed five workers and injured 15 others – on nine criminal counts, including two counts related to willful violations of federal workplace safety standards for grain handling.

May 13, 2022

US Department of Labor cites Continental Tire plant for multiple safety violations after 3 workers suffer severe injuries on consecutive days

MOUNT VERNON, IL In two separate incidents on consecutive days in November 2021, three workers at a southern Illinois tire plant suffered severe injuries in incidents associated with a mixer containing a combustible dust and a flammable gas, guarding moving equipment and the failure to implement and enforce procedures to control the unintentional energization of equipment during servicing.

May 13, 2022

Federal appeals court unanimously rules Kentucky mine operator illegally gave advance notice of inspection to miners underground

WASHINGTON A federal appeals court has ruled unanimously that the operator of a Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, coal mine violated the federal Mine Safety and Health Act more than a decade ago by giving underground miners advance notice that mine inspectors were conducting an inspection.

May 6, 2022

Federal court orders four Rhode Island medical practices, owners to pay $175K in wages, damages to 103 underpaid employees

PROVIDENCE, RI – Four Ocean State medical facilities in Providence and West Greenwich, and their owner and operator, will pay $175,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 103 employees to resolve violations of federal overtime requirements, after an investigation and litigation by the U.S. Department of Labor. The employer will also pay $50,000 in civil money penalties.

May 5, 2022

US Department of Labor seeks temporary restraining order against Huntley restaurant, owners for intimidating workers during federal wage investigation

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a complaint and has asked a federal court to issue a temporary restraining order against a Huntley restaurant and its owners for retaliating and intimidating workers illegally during an investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division.

April 21, 2022

US Department of Labor obtains court order to stop New Jersey employer’s retaliation against workers who assert their wage rights

LYNDHURST, NJ – Week after week, a worker at Advantix Logistics Corp. kept finding paychecks short of their expectations. After several complaints to a supervisor, the company responded by firing the worker. When the worker raised concerns that the final paycheck did not include all wages earned, the company threatened continued retaliation.

April 15, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $578K in wages, health and welfare benefits for 87 workers of New Jersey medical transport services contractor

EAST ORANGE, NJ – The U.S. Department of Labor and an East Orange medical transport services contractor has reached a settlement agreement after a federal investigation found violations of the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act.

April 14, 2022

Ocean County landscaping company ordered to pay $220K in back wages, civil penalties after federal investigation, administrative law judge decision, order

BAYVILLE, NJ - Following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation, an administrative law judge ordered a commercial landscaping company based in Bayville to pay 47 temporary landscaping workers $181,670.19 in back wages. The employer will also pay $38,329.81 in civil money penalties.

April 12, 2022

Federal court orders Salt Lake City supermarket not to interfere with US Labor Department investigation

Date of action:           April 1, 2022

Type of action:           Preliminary Injunction

Names of defendants:  Chinatown Supermarket LLC

April 12, 2022

US Department of Labor files complaint against Kentucky gas station owners at Z4 Fuels LLC for intimidating workers who assisted agency investigation

Date of action: April 4, 2022

Type of action: Complaint and motion for temporary restraining order

Court: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky

Names of defendants: Z4 Fuels LLC, doing business as Chavies Food Mart, and owner, Parvez Khutliwala, and manager, Rahim Ali

March 22, 2022

Statement from Solicitor of Labor Seema Nanda on amicus brief filed with National Labor Relations Board

WASHINGTON – Solicitor of Labor Seema Nanda today issued a statement on the Department of Labor’s filing of an amicus in a case now before the National Labor Relations Board. The brief argues the validity of a confidentiality provision in a mandatory arbitration agreement imposed on employees by Ralph’s Grocery Company.

“Confidentiality agreements pose a direct threat to effective enforcement of the country’s worker protection laws.

March 17, 2022

US Department of Labor sues New York ophthalmologist, practice for firing employee who reported COVID-19 hazards

ALBANY, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor filed suit against a New York ophthalmologist and his practice in Amsterdam for allegedly firing an employee who raised concerns about the practice’s failure to implement state-mandated protocols to protect employees from COVID-19, and later filed complaints with state health officials.

March 14, 2022

Court enters consent order requiring Fairfield County restaurants, owners to pay $150K to employees coerced into kicking back thousands in wages, damages

HARTFORD, CT – A federal court entered a consent order that requires two Fairfield County restaurants and their owners – who used threats of retaliation to coerce nine workers to kick back thousands of dollars of back wages and liquidated damages recovered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division – to pay $150,000 to those employees.