News Releases

October 21, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in North Carolina Healthcare Agency Paying $90,640 in Back Wages and Damages to Employees

WILMINGTON, NC – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Care Providers of Wilmington Inc. – a healthcare agency based in Wilmington, North Carolina – has paid $90,640 in back wages and liquidated damages to 21 employees for violating minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 17, 2019

Orange County Residential Care Home Operators Pays Workers $1,100,000 For Exploitive Working Conditions Resulting in Federal Violations

LOS ANGELES, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California entered a consent judgment resulting in two Orange County, California, residential care home operators paying $1,100,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 66 employees for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 17, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Vaping Shop Retailer Paying $63,842 in Back Wages, Damages

SPRINGDALE, AR – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Jasleen Enterprises LLC–based in Springdale, Arkansas, and doing business as Vapor Maven – has paid $63,842 in back wages and liquidated damages to 103 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 17, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Debars South Dakota Construction Company From Participation in H Visa Programs for 5 Years

FLORENCE, SD – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Dagel Steel Construction – based in Florence, South Dakota – agreed to be debarred from participating in the H Visa programs for five years. WHD investigators alleged the company violated the labor provisions of the H-2B Visa Program.

October 16, 2019

Connecticut Restaurant Pays $39,314 in Back Wages and Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigates

HARTFORD, CT – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Nolita LLC – operating as Nolita Ristorante in East Hartford, Connecticut – and owner Vishal Sharma has paid $19,657 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 14 current and former employees to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). 

October 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Moline, Illinois, Restaurant Paying $78,970 in Back Wages to 33 Employees for Wage, Overtime Violations

MOLINE, IL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Osaka Steak House Sushi & Hibachi Inc. – doing business as Osaka Buffet in Moline, Illinois – will pay $78,970 in back wages to 33 current and former employees for violations of the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA.

October 11, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Aeronautical Federal Contractor Paying $951,456 to 1,109 Employees Nationwide

POWAY, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. – a Poway, California-based federal contactor providing aircraft systems and services to the U.S. Army – will pay $951,456 to 1,109 employees nationwide for violating the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA).

October 11, 2019

Las Vegas Drywall Company Will Pay $133,007 to 233 Employees For Overtime Violations Found by U.S. Department of Labor

LAS VEGAS, NV – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Royal West Drywall Inc. – a residential drywall and paint company in Las Vegas, Nevada – will pay $133,007 in back wages to 233 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 11, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Conducting Survey of Highway Construction Projects to Ensure Delaware Employees Covered by Proper Wage Rates

PHILADELPHIA, PA – To help establish prevailing wage rates, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is conducting a survey of highway construction projects in Delaware.

The survey includes wages paid on all highway construction projects – active between June 1, 2018, and May 31, 2019 – throughout the state of Delaware. The survey is not limited to federally funded construction projects. The information provided for this survey will be used to establish prevailing wage rates as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

October 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in West Virginia Laundry Service Paying $66,641 in Back Wages and Damages

FAIRMONT, WV – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Superior Industrial Laundries Inc. – a commercial laundry facility based in Fairmont, West Virginia – has paid $66,641 in back wages and liquidated damages to 36 employees to resolve overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 8, 2019

Southern California Security Service to Pay Employees $309,189 For Overtime Violations Following U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

WEST COVINA, CA – After a U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, GI Security Inc. – based in West Covina, California – will pay $309,189 to 126 employees for violating the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Minnesota Foundry Paying Engineer $190,357 for H-1B Visa Violations

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and after a failed appeal to the Department’s Administrative Review Board (ARB), ME Global Inc. – a steel foundry based in Columbia Heights, Minnesota – has paid a former employee $190,357 in back wages and interest for violating the labor provisions of the H-1B visa program.

October 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Offer Seminar for Agricultural Employers, October 16 and 17, 2019

EDINBURG, TX – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will hold a compliance seminar for agricultural employers in Edinburg, Texas, on October 16 and 17, 2019.

October 7, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Tipped Employees

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced a proposed rule for tip provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) implementing provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (CAA). The proposal would also codify existing Wage and Hour Division (WHD) guidance into a rule.

October 2, 2019

After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation, Court Orders Massachusetts Restaurants to Pay $392,392 in Back Wages, Damages and Penalties

BOSTON, MA – After a U.S. Department of Labor investigation, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts has entered a consent judgment and order requiring three Massachusetts restaurants and two of their owners to pay $355,944 in back wages and liquidated damages to 52 employees to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). They will also pay a civil money penalty of $36,448 because their violations were willful and repeated.

October 1, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Maintenance Contractor Paying $70,000 in Back Wages, Penalties for H-2B Visa Violations

ODESSA, TX – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Juan Vizcaino – doing business as Vizcaino LP in Odessa, Texas – has paid $45,945 in back wages to 22 employees hired under the H-2B temporary visa program and two U.S. workers hired during the recruitment period for guest workers. The employer also has paid $24,120 in civil money penalties to settle the H-2B violations.

September 30, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Leads Louisiana Restaurant To Pay $238,300 in Back Wages and Damages to 222 Employees

NEW ORLEANS, LA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar LLC - doing business as Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar New Orleans - and Superior Restaurant Group LLC have paid $238,300 in back wages and liquidated damages to 222 employees, for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

September 30, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Finds Kentucky Restaurant Violated Federal Wage and Child Labor Laws

FLORENCE, KY – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Zang Group Florence Mall Road LLC – operating as Skyline Chili Restaurant – has paid $6,065 in back wages to 26 employees for violating the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The restaurant also paid a civil penalty of $4,992 for federal child labor violations.

September 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Federal Contractor Paying $178,784 in Back Wages to Employees at Georgia Work Site

WARNER ROBINS, GA – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has led Red Cedar Enterprises Inc. to pay $178,784 in back wages and fringe benefits to eight employees after the employer violated provisions of the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), at a Robins Air Force Base work site in Warner Robins, Georgia.

September 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor’s Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program Finds More Than $4 Million in Back Wages for 7,429 Employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program has put more than $4 million in back wages into the hands of 7,429 employees since the program began last year. The Department's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), which administers this program, submitted a report today to the Senate Committee on Appropriations outlining PAID's performance to-date.