May 9, 2016

New Jersey commercial cleaning company sold ‘franchises’ to low-wage custodial workers to avoid paying minimum wage, overtime

CLARK, N.J. – People who work as commercial building cleaners often toil late into the night after others have finished their day’s work. They vacuum carpets, sweep, mop and wax floors, clean restrooms, and perform tasks many people fail to notice. Their jobs help others enjoy comfortable and clean environments. They are often among the lowest-paid workers in America.

May 5, 2016

Court appoints receiver to take control of commercial laundry company’s assets after owner ignores court orders, withdraws funds at area casinos

Date of Action: April 29, 2016

Type of Action: Appointment of receiver to cease dissipation of assets

Defendants: Enterprise Laundry Services Inc.
Margaret Matkowska

May 4, 2016

Guam construction contractor pays $367K in overtime back wages, damages to 158 employees after US Labor Department investigation

Employer: Guadencio C. Gozum, doing business as G.C. Gozum Construction

Site: 164 Torres St., Mong Mong, Guam 96910

May 3, 2016

Cincinnati Days Inn pays 6 workers more than $21k in unpaid overtime wages

Date of Action: April 14, 2016

Type of Action: Fair Labor Standards Act consent judgment

Defendant: Gavri LLC doing business as Days Inn, 4056 Mt. Carmel Tobasco Rd., Cincinnati
Sandhya “Lina” Patel

May 3, 2016

Judge orders Silicon Valley tech company to pay workers more than $160K in back minimum wage, overtime back pay and damages

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal court has entered a consent judgment that orders a Silicon Valley electronics manufacturer to pay more than $80,000 in minimum wage and overtime back pay and an equal, additional amount in damages to its workers after the U.S. Department of Labor discovered violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  

Nearly $8,000 in civil money penalties were also assessed against the employer.

May 2, 2016

Deer Park construction contractor to pay $682K in back wages to 161 workers after US Labor Department investigation

Employer: Allied Foundation Specialists Inc.

Site: 4906 Luella Ave., Deer Park, Texas

Investigation Findings: A U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation found Allied Foundation Specialists Inc. violated the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. 

April 26, 2016

Tragedy struck when Georgia auto transport company illegally required minor to operate hazardous equipment

SAVANNAH, Ga. – A 17-year-old worker, who died when a car fell off a hydraulic lift and crushed him in November 2015,  was operating hazardous equipment in violation of federal law at a Savannah motor vehicle shipping facility, the U.S. Department of Labor has determined.

April 21, 2016

US Labor Department conducting wage survey of building construction projects in New York’s Jefferson, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting a building construction survey in New York’s Jefferson, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties to collect data on wages paid to workers on all active building construction projects in those counties between Jan. 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2015, New Hampshire between April 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015. This survey is not limited to federally funded construction projects.

April 20, 2016

US Labor Department investigation helps Boise medical employer correct violations in its FMLA protocols

Employer: St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center

Sites: 390 E. Bannock, Boise, Idaho

April 19, 2016

Nueces County Sheriff’s Office pays $769K in overtime back wages, penalties following US Labor Department investigation

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation uncovered that the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office altered employee time sheets and did not pay its employees legally required overtime compensation.

April 19, 2016

Investigations result in nearly $1.2M in back wages, damages for more than 100 workers at 13 Charleston area restaurants


La Hacienda Mexican Grill Inc.

La Hacienda Restaurante Mexicano of Charleston VI Inc.

La Hacienda of Bluffton Inc.

La Hacienda Restaurante Mexicano of Charleston II Inc.

La Hacienda of Charleston VII Inc.

April 18, 2016

US Labor Department files suit to debar forest maintenance company from future federal contracts for repeatedly failing to pay workers

Date of Action: April 12, 2016

Type of Action: Lawsuit seeking debarment from future government contract awards

Name of Defendant: Carney W. Potter, doing business as Arrowhead Starr Co. and Carney W. Potter, individually, in Plainview, Arkansas. Arrowhead Starr is a forest maintenance contractor that provides reforestation services to the federal government.

April 18, 2016

Nashville restaurant, owners agree to pay $175K to 44 employees to resolve federal allegations of minimum wage, overtime violations

Employer name: Los Arcos Seafood & Grill Inc., doing business as Los Arcos Mexican Grill & Seafood Jose Gutierrez, Jr.
Martin Romo

Investigation site: 3798 Nolensville Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37211

April 18, 2016

Bay Area human resources provider to pay $1 million in back wages, damages to more than 260 employees denied overtime pay

SAN FRANCISCO – A San Leandro-based human resources outsource provider will pay $1 million in back overtime wages and damages combined to hundreds of employees after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation that found widespread Fair Labor Standards Act violations.

April 14, 2016

Call center provider to pay $150K in back wages for misclassifying hundreds of employees as independent contractors – denying minimum wage, overtime

Employer: ViaSource Solutions Inc., formerly INW Contact LLC, a call-center provider to businesses that market products on television infomercials

Location: 223 East Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 222, Thousand Oaks, California

April 11, 2016

Merced County adult residential care provider to pay $43K in back wages

Employer: C and D’s Guest Homes, Inc., provider of residential care services for adults with developmental disabilities, doing business as C and D’s Guest Home and New Horizon’s Residential

April 7, 2016

San Francisco-based real estate operator pays more than $110K in back wages, damages, penalties after investigation finds repeated overtime violations

Employer: Litke Investments LLC, a San Francisco-based real estate investment enterprise, acquires, maintains and manages hotels and residential apartments.

Sites: Numerous hotels and apartments operating under various legal and trade names in California, Texas, Oregon and North Dakota.

Investigation findings: An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found Litke Investments:

April 7, 2016

US Labor Department sues Gloucester seafood processor to recover nearly $204k in liquidated damages, additional back wages

BOSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor is suing two Gloucester fish processing companies and their owner for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The department’s Wage and Hour Division found that Zeus Packing Inc., Cape Ann  Seafood Exchange and owner Kristian Kristensen owed $203,998 in unpaid wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages totaling $407,996  to 132 workers for the period October 2011 through September 2014.