June 21, 2024

Department of Labor recovers $307K in back wages, damages for 23 restaurant workers deprived of overtime pay in Hawaii

Employer:       Asian Restaurant Group Inc., operating two restaurants as Max’s of Manila in Hawaii

                              1350 Pine St. #6

                               Boulder, CO 80304

June 18, 2024

Department of Labor recovers $84K in back wages, damages from Jersey Shore steakhouse owner who willfully denied full pay to 13 workers

BELMAR, NJ – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered more than $84,000 in back wages and liquidated damages for 13 workers and assessed $4,459 in penalties after its investigation determined a Jersey Shore steakhouse owner violated federal overtime regulations deliberately.

June 18, 2024

Ann Arbor restaurants’ operator agrees to pay $197K in back wages, damages to 20 workers denied overtime during pandemic

ANN ARBOR, MI – An Ann Arbor restaurant operator who sought and received nearly $950,000 in federal assistance to help keep workers employed during the pandemic has agreed to pay $196,531 in back wages and liquidated damages to 20 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation into the employer’s illegal pay practices. 

June 12, 2024

Federal judge orders construction contractor to pay $288K to 43 workers from Mexico and $63K in penalties for H-2A program violations

SAN JACINTO, CA – A federal judge has reaffirmed the U.S. Department of Labor’s finding that a Nebraska construction company operating in Southern California blatantly and willfully discriminated against U.S. workers by bringing Mexican workers to the U.S. under false pretenses, shortchanging their wages and putting their safety and health at risk in substandard living conditions. 

June 12, 2024

Juez federal ordena a contratista de construcción pagar $288K a 43 trabajadores de México y $63K en multas por violaciones al programa H-2A

SAN JACINTO, CA – Un juez federal reafirmó la conclusión del Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. de que una empresa constructora de Nebraska que operaba en el sur de California discriminó descarada y deliberadamente a trabajadores estadounidenses al traer a EE.UU. trabajadores mexicanos con falsos pretextos, a los que pagó de menos y puso su seguridad y salud en riesgo en condiciones de alojamiento deficientes.  

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 recovers $253K for 19 restaurant workers whose Albuquerque employer withheld tips, wages at two franchise locations

Employers name:            X.M. Investment LLC, Beemer Investments LLC, both operating as Crackin’ Crab

Investigation sites:        4959 Pan American Freeway NE, Suite C, Albuquerque, NM 87114

                                                  2100 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Suite 413, Albuquerque, NM 87114

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

June 6, 2024

Department of Labor recovers $157K in owed wages, damages for 46 food service workers denied overtime in Rio Grande Valley

Employer name:                 LJ2 Investments LLC, operating as Jasso Express

Investigation site:             805 E. Ferguson Ave.

                                                     Pharr, TX 78577

June 6, 2024

El Departamento de Trabajo recupera $157 mil en sueldos adeudados, daños, perjuicios para 46 trabajadores en el Valle del Rio Grande

Nombre del empleador:             LJ2 Investments LLC, que opera como Jasso Express

Sitios de investigación:               805 E. Ferguson Ave.

                                                                  Pharr, TX 78577

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 29, 2024

US Department of Labor fines Port Isabel restaurant for employing children in violation of federal labor laws

Employer name:                Dirty Al’s 2 Inc., operating as Dirty Al’s at Pelican Station

 Investigation sites:         201B S. Garcia St.

                                                    Port Isabel, TX 78578

May 29, 2024

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU. multa a un restaurante de Port Isabel por emplear a menores, en violación de las leyes laborales federales

Nombre del empleador:         Dirty Al's 2 Inc., que opera como Dirty Al's at Pelican Station

 Sitios de investigación:         201B S. Garcia St.

                                                            Port Isabel, TX 78578

May 28, 2024

Departamento de Trabajo recupera más de $450.000 para 62 trabajadores de dos granjas en Half Moon Bay, lugar de tiroteos mortales en 2023

SAN FRANCISCO - Una investigación del Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. ha recuperado más de $450,000 en sueldos atrasados y compensación por daños para 62 personas empleadas en dos granjas de hongos de Half Moon Bay - donde un trabajador descontento disparó y mató a siete trabajadores migrantes en enero de 2023 - y ha impuesto multas después de que los investigadores descubrieran que los empleadores pagaban de menos a los trabajadores y los alojaron en viviendas inseguras.

May 28, 2024

Federal investigation, litigation recovers $175K in back wages for 44 miners laid off, then denied last paycheck after employer files bankruptcy

CHARLESTON, WV – An investigation and litigation by the U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $175,000 in back wages from a Charleston coal mining company that laid off 44 Matewan miners and denied them a final paycheck while filing for bankruptcy.

May 24, 2024

Department of Labor encourages recovery employers to be prepared  to avoid wage violations before severe weather, other disasters strike

HOUSTON –After severe weather and other natural calamities strike, the U.S. Department of Labor urges employers who clear debris, repair homes or provide other disaster recovery services to avoid using pay practices that violate federal regulations by taking advantage of the many resources it provides.