WHD News Releases

October 11, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $54,638 in Back Wages for 101 Employees After Investigation Finds Violations at Three Indiana Restaurants

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – A total of 101 current and former employees of Luciana's Mexican Restaurant and Cantina at three Indiana locations will receive $54,638 in back wages following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) that disclosed overtime and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 11, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Initiative Focuses on Helping Restaurants In Wisconsin Comply With Wage Laws

MILWAUKEE, WI – To ensure compliance with federal wage laws, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is conducting an education and enforcement initiative focusing on restaurants in Wisconsin's Fox Cities region and Milwaukee's East Side neighborhoods. The initiative includes providing compliance assistance tools and information to employers and industry stakeholders through educational outreach events.

October 10, 2018

South Carolina Merchant to Pay $63,568 in Back Wages and Damages after U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Overtime Violations

MYRTLE BEACH, SC – Prime Retail Management Group Inc. - operator of two "Beach Bums" locations in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - will pay $63,568 in back wages and liquidated damages to 41 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation determined the employer violated overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 10, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $1,104,466 in Back Wages For Temporary Workers in Hurricane Harvey Recovery Efforts

SULPHUR, LA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), temporary staffing company Coastal Staffing Services LLC – based in Sulphur – will pay $1,104,466 in back wages to 1,412 employees involved in post-Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts in Southeast Texas to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 10, 2018

North Carolina Landscaping Company to Pay $1,277,550 After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Work Visa Program and Wage Violations

ROBBINSVILLE, NC – Lovin Contracting Co. Inc. – a landscaping company based in Robbinsville, North Carolina – will pay $1,277,550 to 231 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division investigation uncovered violations of the labor provisions of the H-2B temporary visa program and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 9, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Record $304 Million in Recovered Wages for Workers in Fiscal Year 2018

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recovered a record $304 million in wages owed to workers in Fiscal Year 2018. WHD also set a new record for compliance assistance events in FY 2018, holding 3,643 educational outreach events – including on the ground presentations and trainings – to help job creators understand their responsibilities under the law.

October 5, 2018

Indiana Manufacturer to Pay $338,151 in Overtime Back Wages and Damages to 1,199 Employees Following U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

ELKHART, IN – Recreational vehicle parts manufacturer Lippert Components – based in Elkhart, Indiana – will pay $338,151 in overtime back wages and liquidated damages to 1,199 current and former employees following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) that found violations of the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at 53 plants nationwide.

October 3, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Back Wages And Damages for Workers at Pennsylvania Restaurants

ELKINS PARK, PA – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has ordered SM Choi Inc. – which operates four fast-food establishments in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania – to pay $93,146 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 38 employees for willful violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Department also assessed the employer $26,121 in civil penalties.

October 2, 2018

Tennessee Poultry Processing Plant Pays $43,507 in Back Wages and Penalties After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Overtime Violations

CHATTANOOGA, TN – A Tennessee poultry processing facility has paid $36,038 in back wages to 69 employees and a civil penalty of $7,469 after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found Koch Foods Inc. violated the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 2, 2018

South Carolina Restaurant Owner Ordered to Pay $190,000 in Back Wages and Damages to 58 Employees After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

CHARLESTON, SC – The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of South Carolina has ordered Hugo Villalpando, the owner of La Carreta Mexican restaurants in Charleston and Summerville, South Carolina, to pay $190,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 58 employees for violating the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The action comes after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

October 2, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Proposed Overtime Rule Listening Session

WASHINGTON DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division will host a public listening session in Washington, D.C., to gather views on the Part 541 white-collar exemption regulations, often known as the "Overtime Rule," on October 17, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT.

October 2, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor to Offer Prevailing Wage Seminar in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will offer a compliance seminar for contractors, unions, workers and other interested parties to provide information on the rules governing federal prevailing wage requirements.

WHD will offer the training on October 24, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Ivy Tech Community College Culinary and Conference Center, 2820 North Meridian St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46208.

October 1, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Obtains Consent Judgment Ordering Phoenix Security Services Company to Pay $79,000 to Resolve Wage Violations

PHOENIX, AZ – The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona has entered a consent judgment requiring Bulletproof Securities Inc. of Phoenix, Arizona, to pay $39,500 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 151 employees following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) that identified minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 1, 2018

Florida Restaurant Pays $50,391 in Back Wages and Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Overtime Violations

NAPLES, FL – Fish Ristorante LLC has paid $50,391 in back wages and liquidated damages to 57 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the Naples, Florida, restaurant violated the overtime provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 1, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Ammunition Manufacturer Paying $678,296 in Back Wages and Benefits to 63 Employees

MILAN, TN – American Ordnance LLC – based in Middletown, Iowa – has paid $678,296 in back wages, overtime, and fringe benefits to 63 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated provisions of the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA). American Ordnance LLC is an ammunition manufacturer for the U.S. military performing work at the Milan Munitions Plant in Milan, Tennessee.

October 1, 2018

South Carolina Medical Benefits Management Company Pays Former Employee for FMLA Violations

PORT WENTWORTH, GA – Evicore Healthcare – a medical benefits management company based in Bluffton, South Carolina – has paid a former employee $17,760 in lost wages after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation determined the company violated the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

September 28, 2018

Federal Contractor Pays $25,170 in Wages and Benefits Owed After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

VINCENNES, IN – The Knox County Association for Remarkable Citizens Inc. (KCARC) – a federal contractor based in Vincennes, Indiana – has paid 95 current and former employees a total of $25,170 – including $3,755 to 28 workers with disabilities - following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

September 28, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Idaho Insulation Installer Paying $272,253 to Resolve Wage Violations

NAMPA, ID – G Man Insulation LLC – an insulation and drywall company based in Nampa, Idaho – will pay $272,253 in back wages, damages, and penalties after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) affecting 39 employees. 

September 26, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $429,005 in Back Wages For Georgia Department of Corrections Officers

FORSYTH, GA – The Georgia Department of Corrections has paid $429,005 in back wages to 1,257 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation uncovered overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at more than 40 facilities statewide.

September 26, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Obtains Consent Judgment Ordering Boston Pizza Restaurant to Pay $240,000 in Back Wages, Damages, and Penalties

BOSTON, MA – The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts has entered a consent judgment requiring Boston-based Village Pizza and Grill and its owner, Klaundjon Totoni, to pay $115,841 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 14 employees, plus $8,317 in civil penalties. The judgment follows an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) that identified violations of the child labor, overtime, minimum wage, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).