September 3, 2015

WHD News Brief: US Labor Department sues private investigative agency for unpaid wages plus additional damages [09/03/2015]

Type of Action: Fair Labor Standards Act Lawsuit

Name of Defendant: Confidential Services Inc., Beverlee Sokol, and Katrina Levy Zidel

September 1, 2015

WHD News Brief: Charanda Mexican Grill & Cantina in Concord and Statesville, North Carolina, pays 13 workers over $104K in back wages [09/1/2015]

Employer name: Charanda of Concord Inc. and Charanda, Inc., doing business as Charanda Mexican Grill & Cantina

Investigation site: 8629 Concord Mills Boulevard, Concord, North Carolina 28027 and 1841 E. Broad Street, Statesville, North Carolina 28625

August 27, 2015

WHD News Release: US Air Force drone and surveillance system contractor pays nearly $1M in back wages to 900 employees across the country [08/27/2015]

US Department of Labor finds General Atomics violated federal wage requirement

SAN DIEGO — Federal law requires government contractors to pay their workers the prevailing wage rates and fringe benefits in their geographic area. On the books for half a century, the law ensures that companies do not make their services less costly at the expense of their workers, or drive down wages for other area workers.

August 26, 2015

WHD News Brief: Chandler medical transportation company to pay more than $121K in back wages to more than 50 drivers after US Labor Department investigation [08/26/2015]

Employer: Z-Best Medical Transportation, LLC

Site: 1505 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler, Arizona 85224

August 21, 2015

WHD News Brief: US Department of Labor files suit alleging restaurant classified some employees as volunteers [08/21/2015]

Type of Action: Fair Labor Standards Act Lawsuit

Name of Defendant: Cathedral Buffet Inc., and Ernest Angley, 2690 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

August 18, 2015

OSHA News Brief: Alabama trucking company misclassified workers as independent contractors [08/18/2015]

Employer to pay 63 employees nearly $113K in back wages and damages following Labor Department investigation

Employer name: Fitzhugh Contracting LLC

Investigation site: 30513 Highway 43 South, Gallion, Alabama 36742

August 18, 2015

WHD News Release: Puerto Rico Coffee Roasters owes nearly $68K in back wages, damages and penalties after US Labor Department investigation [08/18/2015]

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico — If you live in Puerto Rico, the coffee you drink was likely harvested, packed and shipped by workers who toil long hours daily, but who don't always receive the pay to which they are entitled.

August 18, 2015

WHD News Release: California court rulings send clear message to employers who misclassify workers as 'independent contractors' [08/18/2015]

SAN FRANCISCO — Two recent and very significant legal victories for California workers send a strong message to employers nationwide: if you misclassify your employees, you will face the consequences.

August 17, 2015

WHD News Brief: US Department of Labor recovers $176K in wages, damages for
76 nurses employed by Michigan's Friends Who Care
[08/17/2015]

Type of Action: Consent Judgment

Name of Defendant: Friends Who Care Inc., Gayle Busselle

Resolution: A total of 76 current and former nurses employed by Friends Who Care Inc. are receiving $176,228 in back wages and liquidated damages under terms of a Consent Judgment entered in federal court in Flint, Michigan, Aug. 14.

August 12, 2015

WHD News Release: Manhattan deli, owner owe $300K in back pay, damages to 64 employees denied legally required wages and overtime [08/12/2015]

NEW YORK — Customers at a busy Manhattan delicatessen, salad and sushi bar probably did not know the deli and its owner were underpaying workers who served them lunch each day.

An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division of the Village 38 delicatessen at 575 Eighth Ave. found that 575 Market Corp. and its owner, Maria Park, violated the minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

August 5, 2015

WHD News Release: US Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division to offer free compliance seminar in Nashville, Tennessee on August 13 [08/05/2015]

Date and Time: Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT

Location:

Nashville Tennessee Main Library Conference Center Room #1 615 Church Street Nashville, Tennessee 37219 (The closest parking is in the parking garage adjacent to library)

August 4, 2015

WHD News Release: Nashua, New Hampshire, painting contractor to pay nearly $500K in wages, damages and penalties [08/04/2015]

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Fair Labor Standards Act ensures that employees receive proper wages and overtime for all hours worked. It also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who cooperate with investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.

July 30, 2015

WHD News Release: Cable installation company pays more than $350K in overtime wages to 246 workers after US Labor Department investigation [07/30/2015]

PHOENIX — For 246 current and former employees of an Arizona cable installation company, a fair day's pay for a fair day's work is finally ringing true as their employer has pay them a total of $350,150 in back wages after failing to pay them overtime rates, as required by federal law.

July 28, 2015

WHD News Release: Brooklyn preschool operator intimidated employees, demanded workers return back wages owed to them, US Labor Department alleges [07/28/2015]

NEW YORK — The owner and operator of several Brooklyn preschool facilities threatened and tried to force employees to be part of a kickback scheme to fake payment of back wages owed to them, the U.S. Department of Labor has alleged in a federal court complaint.