Thursday, June 14, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Manhattan Restaurants Paying $363,284 in Wages and Damages to 109 Employees

NEW YORK, NY – Following a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation and federal court trial, four restaurants operating under the name Gina La Fornarina and their owner Paola Pedrignani have paid $363,284 in back wages and liquidated damages to 109 employees, resolving violations of overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Debars Georgia Farm Labor Contractor For H-2A Violations in Georgia and Wisconsin, Assesses $207,522 Penalty

VIDALIA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has revoked the certificate of registration for farm labor contractor J.C. Longoria Castro and debarred him from applying for H-2A certification for three years for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA). WHD also found he violated labor provisions of the H-2A visa program at worksites in Georgia and Wisconsin.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Court Ordering Six Restaurants and Owners to Pay Back Wages and Penalties

CHARLESTON, WV – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia has ordered six restaurants in West Virginia and Ohio and their owners to pay $111,024 in back wages and damages to 27 employees after the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations. The court also imposed a $20,150 civil money penalty.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $86,486 for Employees at Mission Viejo Residential Care Facilities After Investigation

SAN DIEGO, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the owners of Adriana Elderly Care Homes Inc. will pay $86,486 to 19 employees to resolve overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The company – based in Mission Viejo, California – operates four facilities for elderly patients and others with mental disabilities.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in South Carolina Sheriff’s Office Paying Deputies $48,229 in Back Wages

DARLINGTON, SC – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has resulted in the Darlington County, South Carolina, Sheriff's Office paying $48,229 in back wages to six deputies for violating overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division Education and Enforcement Initiative for Southeast’s Agriculture Industry Underway

ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is currently engaged in an education and enforcement initiative to educate industry stakeholders, employers, and employees in the Southeast’s agricultural industry about federal wage laws, and to provide compliance assistance to employers. The initiative includes educational outreach events and investigations of employers.

Monday, June 4, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Recovers $63,486 For Employee Wrongfully Terminated By Roofing Company

SEATTLE, WA – Mt. Baker Roofing has paid a total of $63,486 to a former employee after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found that the employer violated requirements of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and interfered with the employee’s ability to exercise his rights under that law. Mt. Baker Roofing paid $31,743 for lost wages and increased medical expenses incurred by the employee due to the loss of health benefits upon termination of employment, and also paid the employee an additional $31,743 in liquidated damages.

Friday, June 1, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Federal Judge Ordering Michigan Roofing Contractor to Pay $310,000 in Overtime Back Wages, Liquidated Damages to 74 Employees

GRANT, MI – Michigan roofing and siding contractor American Classic Construction Inc. will pay $310,000 in back overtime wages and liquidated damages to 74 employees following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) in Grand Rapids that found the employer had violated overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  

Friday, June 1, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Residential Home Care Company Paying $213,461 to 26 Employees

SEATTLE, WA – Ecos Homecare Inc., owners of three Washington State residential home-care facilities, will pay $213,461 to 26 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found overtime and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Friday, June 1, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Conducting Wage Survey of Heavy Construction Projects to Ensure Virginia Workers Receive Proper Wages

PHILADELPHIA, PA – In an effort to help establish prevailing wage rates, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is conducting a survey of heavy construction projects in Virginia to collect data on wages paid to workers, as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.

The survey includes wages paid on all heavy construction projects that occurred in Virginia between March 1, 2017, and February 28, 2018. The survey is not limited to federally funded construction projects.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Seeks $131,508 in Overtime Back Wages, Liquidated Damages for 25 Employees of Minnesota Flooring Company

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a federal lawsuit seeking an injunction and payment of $131,508 – representing $65,754 in overtime back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages – for 25 employees of a Minneapolis flooring company.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Debars Kentucky Tobacco Farmer and Assesses $35,755 Penalty for Visa Program Violations

GLASGOW, KY – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has debarred Christopher Lee Smith – owner of Christopher Lee Smith Farms in Glasgow – from applying for certification to request temporary foreign workers under the H-2A agricultural worker visa program for three years. WHD also assessed the employer a $35,755 civil penalty for violating the labor provisions of the H-2A program, and found that Smith owed $58,820 in back wages to 14 employees.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Northern California Company Paying $62,672 due to Workers for Unpaid Overtime

SACRAMENTO, CA – Bay Area Underpinning Inc., a Northern California foundation repair company, will pay $62,672 to 16 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found overtime and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Friday, May 25, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Finds Florida Keys Restaurant Owes $210,258 in Overtime Back Wages

MARATHON, FL – Marathon Paradise Inc., which operates a seafood restaurant based in Marathon, Florida, will pay $210,258 in back wages to 78 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Thursday, May 24, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Offers Forum in Baton Rouge For Employers and Federal Contractors on June 7

BATON ROUGE, LA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has opened registration for a comprehensive compliance seminar for employers and federal contractors on the requirements of federal labor laws. Attendance is free; pre-registration is required.

The training event will be held June 7 at the Baton Rouge Community College, 201 Community College Drive. Attendees should check-in from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on June 7. The program ends at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in New Orleans Bakery Wholesaler Paying $127,128 in Overtime Back Wages

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery Inc., doing business as DP Bakeshop, will pay $127,128 in back wages to 43 employees to settle overtime and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) found in an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Leads to $70,341 in Back Wages For 82 Employees at Miami TV Production Company

MIAMI, FL – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has found Endemol Latino NA, a TV production company in Miami, owes $70,341 in back wages to 82 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in South Florida Transportation Service Company Paying $75,358 in Back Wages to 51 Employees

HIALEAH GARDENS, FL – South Florida medical transportation service company Care Transport Service LLC will pay $75,358 in back wages to 51 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Nebraska Restaurant to Pay $203,884 in Back Wages to 23 Employees at Two Locations After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

AUBURN, NE – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found that El Portal Mexican Restaurant locations in Auburn, Nebraska, and Nebraska City, Nebraska, violated the minimum wage, overtime, recordkeeping, and child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). El Portal Mexican Restaurant will pay 23 employees $203,884 in back wages to resolve the violations.

WHD investigators found the restaurants’ FLSA violations included:

Monday, May 21, 2018

U.S. Department Of Labor Lawsuit Seeks Unpaid Wages and Liquidated Damages for 51 Health Care Employees

NEW HAVEN, CT – Following an investigation by its Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the U.S. Department of Labor has filed a federal lawsuit to recover unpaid overtime wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages for 51 current and former employees of Care at Home LLC of New London, Connecticut. Filed in the U.S.