June 12, 2024

US Department of Labor reaches settlement with Lincoln National Life Insurance Co. to reform its evidence of insurability practices

RADNOR, PA ‒ The U.S. Department of Labor announced a settlement with the Lincoln National Life Insurance Co. that requires the company to change its evidence of insurability requirement – commonly known as proof of good health –for participants in job-based life insurance plans.

June 11, 2024

US Department of Labor reaches settlement with Unum Life Insurance Co. to reform company practices on evidence of insurability

BOSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a settlement with Unum Life Insurance Co. of America that requires the Portland, Maine-based insurer to change how it administers its proof of good health requirement — referred to as evidence of insurability — for participants in job-based life insurance plans.  

June 11, 2024

Department of Labor files complaint amid alleged wage violations by IHOP franchise operator of O’Fallon, Alton, Illinois locations

EAST ST. LOUIS, IL – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a complaint in federal court against two Illinois restaurants — operating as IHOP franchises in O’Fallon and Alton — and their owner after its investigation identified numerous violations, including management telling servers to surrender their tips to a shared tip pool when, in fact, the owner was keeping the tips for the restaurant or sharing them with back-of-the-house employees not eligible to participate in a mandatory tip pool. 

June 11, 2024

Department of Labor obtains court order requiring Asmussen Racing Stables, leading thoroughbred trainer, to pay workers $486K in back wages, damages

LOUISVILLE, KY – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a court order requiring one of the nation’s most successful thoroughbred horse trainers to pay $243,260 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages after its investigation found the employer’s illegal pay practices denied 163 grooms and hotwalkers at Churchill Downs and at Keeneland racetrack in Lexington of overtime wages.

June 10, 2024

Department of Labor investigation, litigation recovers $120K in back wages, damages for 29 Long Island landscaping, sprinkler installation workers

Date of action:                       May 20, 2024

 Type of action:                      Consent Judgment  

 Names of defendants:           Brookhaven Irrigation Corp., Michael Coggins

May 31, 2024

Federal judge affirms 2022 citation, penalties against United Airlines for failing to protect employee seriously injured when 737 crushes foot

NEWARK, NJ – A federal administrative law judge has affirmed safety violations against United Airlines related to a 2021 incident at Newark Liberty International Airport in which a 737’s tire crushed a technician’s foot as they worked with one of the company’s towing crews.

May 29, 2024

Rhode Island nail salons, owner agree to stop worker retaliation; pay $753K in back wages, damages after US Department of Labor investigations, litigation

BOSTON – Three Rhode Island nail salons in Cumberland, East Greenwich and North Providence and their owner have agreed to pay employees $753,500 in back wages and damages and take corrective actions to resolve violations of the anti-retaliation provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the FLSA’s overtime requirements. 

May 22, 2024

Federal court finds USPS again wrongfully fired probationary mail carrier shortly after reporting workplace injury, this time in Oregon

PORTLAND, OR – After a two-day bench trial, the U.S. Department of Labor obtained a federal court judgment that orders the U.S. Postal Service to pay $141,307 in lost wages and damages for emotional distress suffered to a probationary mail carrier who the agency fired after they reported an on-the-job injury to their supervisor and filed an accident report. 

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 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 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 21, 2024

Waukegan roofing contractor finally pays $365K in penalties for endangering employees when Department of Labor moves to seize employer’s property

CHICAGO – Joshua Herion, a Waukegan roofing contractor who has routinely endangered employees by ignoring federal workplace standards and penalties assesses for its violations since 2014, has paid $365,576 in fines and interest, after the U.S. Department of Labor moved to seize the employer’s assets as part of the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration debt collection program.

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 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

Zwanenberg Food Group agrees to pay $1.7M in federal penalties, invest $1.9M in safety improvements at Cincinnati facility

CINCINNATI – Zwanenberg Food Group USA Inc., one of the world’s leading suppliers of processed foods, agrees to pay $1.7 million in federal penalties and invest $1.9 million in safety improvements at its Cincinnati plant to resolve hazards found during several investigations by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 

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 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.