WHD News Releases

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is conducting scheduled system maintenance starting Friday, February 15 at 5:00 p.m. ET through Tuesday, February 19 at 8:00 a.m. ET. Most DOL websites and web systems will be affected and unavailable to the public. The National Contact Center remains open 24 hours a day to contact Job Corps (1-800-733-5627), MSHA (1-800-746-1553), and OSHA (1-800-321-6742).

February 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Two Indiana Restaurants Paying $162,254 in Back Wages and Damages to 12 Employees

BLOOMINGTON, IN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Ji Enterprises will pay $81,127 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 12 current and former employees at two of its Bloomington, Indiana, restaurants – Restaurant Ami and Toto's Uncle.

February 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in California Horse Training Facilities Paying $1,270,683 in Back Wages and Damages to 30 Employees

OAKLAND, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), EWC & Associates Inc. – a Northern California owner and operator of two horse training facilities – will pay $1,270,683 in back wages and damages to 30 employees for multiple work visa program and wage violations.

February 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Judge Ordering Minnesota Tech Company to Pay Engineer $43,366 in Back Wages For H-1B Visa Program Violations

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Administrative Law Judge Theresa Timlin has issued an order requiring TLC Precision Wafer Technologies Inc. – based in Minneapolis, Minnesota – to pay a former employee $43,366 in back wages for violating the labor provisions of the H-1B visa program. Additionally, the company has been ordered to pay pre-judgment and post-judgement interest.

February 15, 2019

Pennsylvania Restaurants to Pay $1 Million in Back Wages, Damages, and Penalties following U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Two Philadelphia restaurants, J.H.S.K, Inc. and Osaka Japan Restaurant, Inc., both doing business as Osaka, and their owner, have agreed to a consent judgment ordering them to pay $935,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 201 employees for willful violations of the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employers must also pay a $65,000 civil money penalty. The consent judgment must be approved by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

February 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Closes Worker Housing and Issues Fines After Finding Oregon Farmworkers in Squalid Living Quarters

PORTLAND, OR – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Vasquez Family Services – a farm labor contractor – and housing provider Jorge Vasquez were assessed $35,000 in civil penalties after violations of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA) left farm workers living in squalid living conditions at their facility in Silverton, Oregon. Vasquez Family Living Services will pay $30,000 in civil penalties for the violations, and housing provider Jorge Vasquez will pay $5,000.

February 14, 2019

West Virginia Coal Mine Operator Pays $1,435,028 in Back Wages and Damages Following U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

PRINCETON, WV– The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia has entered a consent judgment against XMV Inc. - operator of three underground coal mines – following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) that found XMV violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Florida Roofing Contractor Paying $70,068 in Back Wages for Overtime Violations

BONITA SPRINGS, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) into rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Kelly Roofing LLC – based in Bonita Springs, Florida – paid $70,068 in back wages to 155 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in U.S. District Court Ordering Utah Drywall Company to Pay $100,000 in Back Wages and Damages for Labor Law Violations

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – After an investigation by the U.S. Department Of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah has ordered Metal Rock Construction Inc. to pay $50,000 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 86 employees for violating the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigations Find Federal Contractors Owe $255,474 to Employees Working on Indiana Housing Project

GARY, IN – After a U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division investigation, four contractors working on the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Village of Hope housing project in Gary, Indiana, will pay 53 current and former employees a total of $255,474 for violating the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

WHD investigators determined the contractors failed to pay the correct prevailing wages and fringe benefits.

February 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Alabama Medical Services Company Paying Former Employee Lost Wages and Medical Costs

MOBILE, AL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), AltaPointe Health Systems Inc. – operating in the Mobile, Alabama, area as BayPointe Hospital, EastPointe Hospital, and CarePointe – will pay an employee $6,588 in lost wages and incurred medical expenses for violating the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

February 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Finds Overtime and Transportation Safety Violations by Oceanside, California, Agricultural Company

SAN DIEGO, CA – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, Sundance Natural Foods Company – based in Oceanside, California – will pay $13,641 in back wages to 45 employees for unpaid overtime as a result of violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Migrant and Seasonal Worker Protection Act (MSPA). Additionally, the company was assessed $5,130 in civil penalties.

February 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Educational Forum Webinar to Discuss Wage Laws and Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program

DES MOINES, IA ­- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will present an educational forum about developments in its policies and regulations and its Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program (PAID), during a February 19, 2019, webinar for Iowa and Nebraska employers. PAID facilitates resolution of potential overtime and minimum wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

February 13, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Louisiana-based Transportation Company Paying $25,032 in Back Wages to Employees at Mississippi Branch

JACKSON, MS – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Statewide Transport Inc. will pay $25,032 in back wages to 21 employees at its Jackson, Mississippi, terminal for violating overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

February 13, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Child Labor Violations By 8 Retailers at Mall in Elizabeth, New Jersey

ELIZABETH, NJ – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has found that eight retailers operating at The Mills at Jersey Gardens – in Elizabeth, New Jersey – allowed underage employees to operate and unload potentially dangerous paper baling and cardboard compacting machines, in violation of federal child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD assessed a total of $40,667 in penalties to the retailers.

The retailers are:

February 13, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Golf Management Company Paying $19,776 in Back Wages to 24 Employees

ORLANDO, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Arnold Palmer Golf Management LLC – operating as Walt Disney World Golf in Orlando, Florida – has paid $19,776 in back wages to 24 employees for violating minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Los Angeles Supported Living Services Provider Paying $301,763 to 67 Employees

LOS ANGELES, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Golden Life Supported Living Agency Inc. – a service provider for clients with developmental disabilities in Los Angeles, California – will pay 67 employees $301,763 in back wages for violating overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in U.S. District Court Ordering Hotels in Louisiana to Pay Back Wages and Penalties

SHREVEPORT, LA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana has ordered two Louisiana hotels, Merryton LLC - doing business as Merryton Inn in Shreveport - and Merryton Bossier LLC - doing business as Bossier Inn and Suites in Bossier City - to pay $9,928 in back wages and liquidated damages to 22 employees for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping requirements.

February 11, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $5,579,939 for 993 Employees Who Performed Hurricane Recovery Work in Puerto Rico

GUAYNABO, PR – Investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) have resulted in the recovery of $5,579,939 in back wages and benefits owed to 993 employees of nine subcontractors that provided power generator operation support for hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

February 7, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Florida Cell Phone Company Paying $27,514 in Back Wages and Damages

PENSACOLA, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), IV Wireless LLC – operating as Boost Mobile in Pensacola, Florida – will pay $27,514 in back wages and liquidated damages to 32 employees for violating the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 7, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Florida Grocery Store Paying $198,039 in Back Wages and Liquidated Damages to 17 Employees

TAMPA, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), El Grande Supermarket Corp. – operating as El Grande Supermarket in Tampa, Florida – will pay $198,039 in back wages and liquidated damages to 17 employees for violating the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).