August 14, 2023

US Department of Labor obtains judgment to recover $47K in back wages, damages after Louisiana security company denied overtime to 58 workers

SHREVEPORT, LA – While security workers sometimes face daunting challenges on the job in return for a median national wage of just $15.13 per hour, 58 industry workers are closer to getting wages owed to them by their Shreveport employer thanks to an action brought by the U.S. Department of Labor.

August 11, 2023

El tribunal declara a un operador de Hampton Inn y a su administrador general en desacato por desafiar la sentencia acordada y exigir el reembolso de los salarios atrasados al personal

QUAKERTOWN, PA - Un tribunal de Pensilvania ha declarado que el administrador general de Quakertown Hampton Inn incurrió en desacato por violar una sentencia acordada en febrero de 2023. La sentencia por desacato requiere que la empresa pague $8,750 en concepto de salarios atrasados, y un monto igual en concepto de daños y perjuicios y $500 en intereses para el personal afectado del hotel, así como $2,000 para reembolsar las costas de investigación y abogados.

August 11, 2023

Court orders horse trainer Steve Asmussen Stables to pay $205K in penalties, reimbursements after US Department of Labor investigation, litigation

NEW YORK – KDE Equine LLC — doing business as Steve Asmussen Stables — has entered into a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor to reimburse its grooms and hot walkers $129,776 to resolve violations of the federal H-2B worker program which permits businesses to employ temporary visa workers.

August 10, 2023

US Department of Labor assesses Washington mushroom farm with $74K in penalties for H-2A program violations, recovers $59K for workers

Employer:      Ostrom Mushroom Farms LLC

                        1111 Midvale Road

Sunnyside, WA 98944 

August 9, 2023

Court holds Hampton Inn operator, general manager in civil contempt for defying consent judgment, demanding worker repay back wages

QUAKERTOWN, PA – A federal court in Pennsylvania has found the general manager of a Quakertown Hampton Inn in civil contempt for violating a February 2023 consent judgment. The contempt order requires the employer to pay $8,750 in back wages, an equal amount in liquidated damages and $500 in interest to affected hotel workers, as well as $2,000 to reimburse the department’s investigative and attorney’s fees.

August 8, 2023

US Department of Labor announces final rule to modernize Davis-Bacon Act

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the issuance of the final rule “Updating the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts Regulation” to update regulations that implement the Davis-Bacon Act and Davis-Bacon and Related Acts to reflect better the needs of construction workers on federal construction investments.

August 8, 2023

Una investigación recupera $45,000 en concepto de salarios atrasados de una empresa de frutas que les negaba a docenas de integrantes de su personal agrícola los salarios completos, el transporte y la vivienda

Nombre de la empresa:       Mt. Clifton Fruit Company LLC

Lugar de investigación:       17581 Mechanicsville Road, Timberville, VA 22853

August 7, 2023

US Department of Labor finds Shreveport hotel denied employee federal family, medical leave protections; wrongly fired worker

Employer name:                   Hotel De Panache LLC, operating as Home 2 Suites                                       

Investigation site:                  6650 Eastbank Drive

                                                 Shreveport, LA  71105

August 3, 2023

Department of Labor recovers $350K in back wages, damages after finding Spokane-based supermarket chain denied 602 workers overtime pay

SPOKANE, WA– An extensive U.S. Department of Labor investigation into the pay and employment practices at 23 stores operated by a Spokane-based supermarket chain has recovered more than $350,000 in back wages and damages for 602 employees and assessed penalties of $72,862 for the employer’s willful violations.

August 3, 2023

Tribunal federal condena a contratista de trabajo de Carolina del Sur y a sus operadores después de que una investigación descubriera fraude, tráfico laboral y abusos a trabajadores agrícola

LEXINGTON, SC - Un tribunal federal ha condenado a un contratista de trabajo de Carolina del Sur (Balcazar Nature Harvesting LLC y sus operadores) después de que una investigación de varios agencias, incluyendo el Departamento de Trabajo de EE.

August 3, 2023

Federal court sentences South Carolina labor contractor, operators after investigation finds fraud, labor trafficking, abuses of farmworkers

LEXINGTON, SC – A federal court has sentenced a South Carolina labor contractor — Balcazar Nature Harvesting LLC and its operators — after a U.S. Department of Labor and multi-agency investigation found the employers subjected migrant farmworkers to exploitative labor, confiscated passports and housed workers in unsafe and unhealthy conditions.

August 3, 2023

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recupera más de $500,000 en salarios atrasados, daños y perjuicios para 133 empleados por un proveedor de servicios de atención medica en el hogar de El Paso

EL PASO, TX - Un proveedor de servicio de atención medica en el hogar y hospicio en El Paso esperaba que el personal trabajara horas extra para cuidar a personas que lo necesitaban, pero no les pagaba a 133 personas empleadas los salarios por horas extras que habían ganado, según descubrió el Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU.

August 3, 2023

US Department of Labor obtains judgment ordering Indiana home care agency to pay $188K in back wages, damages to 83 workers denied overtime

FORT WAYNE, IN – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a consent judgment in federal court as part of its recovery of $188,915 in  overtime back wages and liquidated damages for 83 employees denied overtime pay by a Fort Wayne home care provider.

August 3, 2023

Department of Labor recovers $21K for 23 workers after finding minimum wage, overtime, child labor violations at Montgomery restaurant

Employer:    Alley Enterprises LLC, operating as Central Restaurant, 129 Coosa St., Montgomery, AL 36104

August 3, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers more than $500K in back wages, damages for 133 employees of El Paso home healthcare services provider

EL PASO, TX – An El Paso home healthcare and hospice service provider expected employees to work long days to care for people in need but failed to pay 133 of its employees the overtime wages they earned, the U.S. Department of Labor has found.

The investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division led to the recovery of $501,211 in overtime and liquidated damages from San Lorenzo Adult Provider and Pediatrics for the affected workers.

August 2, 2023

Investigation recovers $45K in back wages from fruit company that denied dozens of agricultural workers full wages, transportation and housing

Employer name:       Mt. Clifton Fruit Company LLC

Investigation site:     17581 Mechanicsville Road, Timberville, VA 22853

August 1, 2023

US Department of Labor launches ‘Power to Pump’ campaign on newly expanded workplace protections for nursing mothers

WASHINGTON – As people around the globe recognize World Breastfeeding Week and the U.S. honors National Breastfeeding Month, the U.S. Department of Labor today launched “Power to Pump,” a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of protections for millions of additional nursing workers to express milk.

August 1, 2023

Department of Labor recovers $114K in back wages, damages from operators of Yuma sports bar who intentionally denied overtime pay to 86 workers

YUMA, AZ – A federal investigation into the pay practices of a Yuma sports bar and grill has recovered $114,996 in back wages and damages for 86 workers employed by three owners who learned that denying employees overtime wages — deliberately and knowingly — is a bad and costly wager.