September 30, 2015

WHD News Release: US Labor Department alleges New Jersey cleaning company misclassified employees as franchisees, denied workers minimum wage and overtime [09/30/2015]

CLARK, N.J. — What appeared to be a franchise opportunity for professional cleaners in New Jersey turned out to be an employer scheme to circumvent the law, leaving cleaning workers making less than federal minimum wage.

September 28, 2015

WHD News Brief: El Potro Mexican Restaurant in Atlanta to pay 10 employees more than $110K in back wages after US Labor Department investigation [09/28/2015]

Employer name: El Potro Inc.

Investigation site: 3396 Buford Highway NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30329

September 22, 2015

WHD News Release: Halliburton pays nearly $18.3 million in overtime owed to more than 1,000 employees nationwide after US Labor Department investigation
[09/22/2015]

HOUSTON — In one of the largest recoveries of overtime wages in recent years for the U.S. Department of Labor, oil and gas service provider, Halliburton, has agreed to pay $18,293,557 to 1,016 employees nationwide. The department's Wage and Hour Division investigated Halliburton as part of an ongoing, multi-year compliance initiative in the oil and gas industry in the Southwest and Northeast.

September 22, 2015

WHD News Release: US Labor Department secures nearly $330K in back wages, liquidated damages for employees of restaurants operated by Antico Foods LLC [09/22/2015]

ATLANTA — An Atlanta restauranteur who is alleged to have cheated his workers out of their wages for years and threatened them if they cooperated with federal officials investigating his business conduct, has agreed to pay 60 employees a total of $329,445 in back wages and liquidated damages for violating their wage rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

September 21, 2015

WHD News Brief: Miami health products manufacturer pays more than $145K in back wages after US Labor Department investigation [09/21/2015]

Employer name: Millennium Natural Health Products Inc.

Investigation site: 10575 NW 37th Terrace, Miami, Florida 33178

September 17, 2015

WHD News Brief: US Labor Department investigation finds North Carolina restaurant fails to pay workers minimum wage and overtime [09/17/2015]

Employer name: Fiesta Mexicana LLC, Fiesta Mexicana Restaurante

Investigation site: 957 Town Centre Blvd, Clayton, North Carolina 27520

September 16, 2015

WHD News Brief: Judge orders staffing company to pay $10K in back wages, damages to worker fired for seeking time off under Family and Medical Leave Act [09/16/2015]

Type of Action: Family Medical Leave Act Consent Judgment

Names of Defendants: Management Registry, Inc. doing business as Malone Staffing

September 14, 2015

WHD News Release: Hiep Thai Markets pays more than $416K in back wages to workers following US Labor Department investigation [09/14/2015]

DALLAS — Investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division made sure to keep their eyes on the back door when they showed up at Hiep Thai Markets' stores in Garland and Arlington. The business, a repeat violator of federal wage and hour laws, had sent workers out the rear exit previously to keep them from speaking to agents during two prior investigations. Cheating workers out of wages and frustrating investigators seems to be their business practice.

September 9, 2015

WHD News Brief: ResCare Inc. subsidiary in West Virginia ordered to pay nearly $280K in back wages and damages after US Labor Department investigation [09/09/2015]

Employer Name: RSCR West Virginia Inc., doing business as Community Alternatives WV, is a subsidiary of ResCare Inc. that provides home health care for individuals with disabilities throughout West Virginia.

Investigation Site: 305 Water Street, Stonewood, West Virginia, 26301 and locations in Clarksburg, Keyser, Parkersburg, Buckhannon, Huntington, and Charleston, West Virginia.

September 9, 2015

WHD News Release: US Labor Department sues FLDS Church, others for oppressive child labor and other violations; seeks to enforce $1.9M in penalties [09/09/2015]

SALT LAKE CITY — For most children, fall begins a new school year full of possibilities to learn and prepare for their lives ahead and future jobs. Unfortunately, for hundreds of children in southern Utah and northern Arizona, the season is a time for hard work harvesting pecans by hand for commercial sale.

September 9, 2015

WHD News Release: Produce wholesaler to pay workers more than $130K in back wages, damages, penalties after US Labor Department investigation [09/09/2015]

BOSTON — Fruit and vegetable wholesaler Snipped Fresh Produce Inc. had employees cut, weigh and package vegetables for $8 per hour, and many worked more than 40 hours per week for no overtime pay.

September 4, 2015

WHD News Brief: US Department of Labor signs agreement with Hawaii's Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to protect workers from misclassification [09/04/2015]

Participants: U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division and the State of Hawaii's Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

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 3, 2015

WHD News Brief: Judge orders RV dealership to pay more than $11K in back wages, damages to 2 recreational vehicle technicians in Coloma, Michigan [09/03/2015]

Date of Action: Aug. 19, 2015

Type of Action: Fair Labor Standards Act Consent Judgment

Names of Defendants: Krenek Motors Inc., d/b/a Krenek RV and Scott Krenek

Resolution: A judge has ordered Krenek RV and its owner, Scott Krenek, to pay two recreational vehicle technicians a total of $11,478 in unpaid overtime compensation and damages.

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.