October 23, 2023

Collegeville restaurant, owners must pay $268K for unpaid overtime wages, damages after court order follows federal investigation

COLLEGEVILLE, PA – A Collegeville restaurant and its owners must pay $268,660 in back wages, liquidated damages and punitive damages to satisfy a consent judgment obtained by the U.S. Department of Labor after an investigation into the employers’ illegal pay practices.

October 23, 2023

US Department of Labor implements final rule to modernize Davis-Bacon Act regulations, better meet construction workers’ needs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the implementation of a final rule that modernizes Davis-Bacon Act and Davis-Bacon and Related Acts regulations to reflect the needs of construction workers on federally funded projects better.

October 23, 2023

Kentucky Roosters Wings franchisee pays $43K in fines, $182K in back wages, damages after investigation finds child labor, overtime violations

LOUISVILLE, KY – Less than six months after an investigation found three Kentucky fast-food franchisees employing more than 300 children outside of federally allowed hours, the U.S. Department of Labor has discovered another Louisville restaurant enterprise violating federal child labor laws, this time with 55 children at nine locations across the state.

October 20, 2023

Break failures: Global security provider to pay nearly $1.1M in back wages, damages to 778 workers after wrongly deducting meal breaks not taken

SEATTLE  A federal investigation into employees working off-the-clock during meal breaks by one of the world’s largest security and facility services providers led to the recovery of nearly $1.1 million in back wages and liquidated damages for 778 employees and a nationwide enhanced agreement to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime and recordkeeping provisions.

October 20, 2023

Global security services provider enters agreement to resolve alleged racial hiring discrimination at Houston facility

HOUSTON, TX – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has entered into a conciliation agreement with Allied Universal, one of the world’s largest security and facility services providers, to resolve alleged systemic race-based hiring discrimination at a Houston facility operated by one of its subsidiaries. 

October 19, 2023

Department of Labor recovers $205K in back wages, damages from Williamsburg restaurant, owner who denied 62 employees overtime pay

WILLIAMSBURG, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a consent judgment in a Virginia federal court to recover $205,180 in back wages and liquidated damages from a Williamsburg restaurant that shortchanged 62 employees of their overtime wages intentionally.

October 18, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $224K in back wages from two contractors for 37 electricians denied full wages on federally funded project

ORLANDO, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $224,113 in lost wages and benefits for 37 Florida workers after finding two employers failed to pay fringe benefits and prevailing and overtime wages to employees working on a new Veterans Affairs multi-specialty outpatient clinic in Daytona Beach.

October 18, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $56K for 35 employees of Los Angeles restaurant that illegally allowed manager to take portions of tips

Employer:      BBQ Ookook Inc., operating as Oo-Kook Korean BBQ

                        3385 W. Eighth St.

October 18, 2023

US Department of Labor obtains court judgment ordering Phoenix employer to pay $281K after forcing employees to pay kickbacks on wages recovered

PHOENIX – A federal court has ordered a Phoenix industrial laundry and dry-cleaning company to pay a total of $281,870 after the U.S. Department of Labor found the employer engaged in a kickback scheme after the department recovered more than $94,135 in overtime wages for 70 workers in 2020. 

October 17, 2023

Departamento de Trabajo recupera $105,846 para empleados tras investigar a restaurantes de Lacey que violaron pago de horas extra, trabajo infantil

Empleador:    Macarios Inc., Los Primos Inc., Dos Oros Inc., operando como Mayan Mexican Restaurant

                        4520 Pacific Ave. SE

                        Lacey, WA 98503                                                                                                     

October 17, 2023

Federal court enters consent judgment ordering New Jersey framing contractor to pay $360K for wage, retaliation violations at Lynn, Massachusetts project

BOSTON – A federal court in Boston has entered a consent judgment ordering a New Jersey-based framing contractor to pay 61 construction employees $283,492 in back wages and liquidated damages and $46,507 in punitive damages to two former employees, allegedly fired for cooperating with U.S. Department of Labor investigators. 

October 17, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $105K in unpaid wages, damages after investigation finds Lacey restaurants violated overtime, child labor laws

Employer:      Macarios Inc., Los Primos Inc., Dos Oros Inc., operating as Mayan Mexican Restaurant

                        4520 Pacific Ave. SE

                         Lacey, WA 98503                                                                                                     

October 16, 2023

Federal judge orders healthcare companion company to pay 34 workers $95K in wages, damages, following US Labor Department investigation

Employers:    Great Lakes Care Companions Inc., Juan G. Salazar, owner

Actions:          Fair Labor Standards Act consent order and judgment

Courts:           U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan 

October 13, 2023

Federal court prohibits Hebron distribution center from ‘oppressively’ violating child labor laws by employing children illegally

HEBRON, KY The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a federal consent judgment that requires the operator of a Hebron warehouse and distribution center to stop employing children illegally and to not violate federal child labor laws in the future.

October 12, 2023

Department of Labor finds Louisiana pool contractor denied overtime pay to 25 employees, recovers more than $56K in back wages

Employer name:       LOOPX LLC 

Investigation site:   146 Industry Road Independence, LA 70443

October 11, 2023

Investigation recovers $75K for workers employed by operator of Subway franchise locations in Burien, Renton, SeaTac, Tukwila

Employer:      JRKT Enterprises LLC, operating as Subway

                        12835 Bel-Red Road, Suite 100

October 11, 2023

Department of Labor recovers $106K in back wages, damages for 29 workers, finds repeated, willful violations by Guam subcontractor at Base Camp Blaz

DEDEDO, GUAM – The U.S. Department of Labor has debarred a federal subcontractor on Guam from seeking federally funded contracts after the department’s Wage and Hour Division found the employer shortchanged 29 construction workers at Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz in Dededo and gave investigators falsified records.

October 10, 2023

National food manufacturer agrees to pay $140K in penalties after federal investigation finds 11 teens employed illegally in Minnesota meat snack plant

CHANDLER, MN – A national food manufacturer paid $140,164 in civil money penalties after the U.S. Department of Labor found the company employed at least 11 children – nine of whom operated hazardous machinery – at its meatpacking and food processing facility in Chandler, Minnesota.

October 10, 2023

US Department of Labor seeks court orders to force business operators in Illinois, Minnesota to cooperate with subpoenas in wage investigations 

CHICAGO – After failing to satisfy repeated requests to cooperate with investigators with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, two business operators in Illinois and Minnesota must now answer to federal courts in Chicago and Minneapolis after the department filed petitions to enforce its administrative subpoenas for records.