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 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 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.

July 28, 2015

WHD News Brief: US Department of Labor files suit alleging Rancho Fiesta restaurant failed to pay workers nearly $383K in minimum wage and overtime pay [07/28/2015]

Type of Action: Fair Labor Standards Act Lawsuit

Name of Defendant: Sanchez Inc., doing business as Rancho Fiesta, Lorenzo Sanchez

Allegations: An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division found that the Mexican cuisine restaurant and shareholder Lorenzo Sanchez, who managed day-to-day operations of the Mansfield, Ohio, establishment, violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

July 23, 2015

WHD News Brief: Maui substance treatment center pays $45K in back wages, damages and penalties [07/23/2015]

Employer: Aloha House Inc., doing business as Maui Behavioral Health Resources.

Site: 200 Ike Drive, Makawao, Hawaii 96768

July 16, 2015

WHD News Release: Court orders hotel owner to pay more than $180K in back wages, damages to 200 workers across North Dakota, Montana and Minnesota [07/16/2015]

FARGO, N.D. — A Fargo-based hotel owner who cheated his workers out of their wages must pay more than $180,000 to approximately 200 current and former workers at 15 North Dakota, Montana and Minnesota hotels.

The U.S. District Court of North Dakota has entered a consent judgment ordering Bharat I. Patel to pay back wages and liquidated damages to resolve a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota.

July 15, 2015

WHD News Brief: U.S. Labor Department finds federal contractor misclassified 151 workers as independent contractors [07/15/2015]

Employer name: Pegasso Construction & Floor Covering LLC

Investigation site: Office at 1746 Hazel Wood Drive, Marietta, Ga., 30067 and various jobsites including Ft. Gordon army base in Augusta, Ga.

July 15, 2015

WHD News Brief: US Labor Department and Kentucky Labor Cabinet sign three-year agreement to protect misclassified workers [07/15/2015]

Participants: U.S. Department of Labor, Kentucky Labor Cabinet

Description: Officials from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Kentucky Labor Cabinet signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the goal of protecting the rights of employees by preventing their misclassification as independent contractors or other non-employee statuses. Under the agreement, both agencies may share information and coordinate law enforcement.

July 9, 2015

WHD News Release: More than 160 direct mail and printing workers will receive $1.4M in back wages, damages for overtime violations [07/09/2015]

PHILADELPHIA — More than 160 workers at a Philadelphia direct mail and printing company will receive $1.45 million in back wages and damages after a federal investigation found their employer and a staffing agency failed to pay overtime wages.