August 15, 2022

Investigation recovers $54K in back wages for 62 hospice care workers at two Puerto Rico centers that incorrectly paid them as volunteers

GUAYNABO, PR – While 62 employees at two hospice care centers in Puerto Rico provided vital services to comfort terminally ill people and their families, a U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found their employer’s pay practices hurt their ability to care for themselves and their families.

August 11, 2022

Wing Stop franchisee illegally deducts uniform, training, background check costs; US Labor Department recovers $51K for 244 workers

SOUTHAVEN, MS – The operator of five Wing Stop franchise locations in Mississippi who made employees pay for their uniforms, safety training, background checks and cash register shortages – and violated child labor regulations – has been held  accountable by the U.S. Department of Labor, and paid $114,427 in back wages, liquidated damages and civil penalties.

August 10, 2022

US Department of Labor files lawsuit to recover back wages, damages from Minneapolis-area home healthcare provider who denied workers overtime

MINNEAPOLIS – After a federal investigation found a Golden Valley franchisee of a national chain of home healthcare providers failed to pay overtime to certified nursing and patient care assistants as required by law – and then attempted to mask the violations – the U.S. Department of Labor has filed a complaint in federal court in Minneapolis to recover back wages and damages.

August 9, 2022

Court requires Pittsburgh home care agency to pay $1.4M in back wages, damages, to 218 workers after federal investigation finds overtime violations

PITTSBURGH – In return for providing essential homecare for people in need, 218 workers employed by a Pittsburgh-based home care agency expected their employer to pay them all their hard-earned wages. Instead, they found their employer denied them overtime wages, and manipulated records to hide the wage theft.     

August 8, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $44K after investigation finds Idaho farms underpaid migrant farmworkers, provided substandard housing

Employer:                                        Wooden Shoe Farms

 

Investigation site:                       673 North 825 West

                                                             Blackfoot, ID 83221

 

August 8, 2022

US Department of Labor finds e-commerce warehouse operator owes more than $1M in back wages to 995 workers in Kentucky, California

HEBRON, KY The initial discovery of illegal pay practices at a Hebron, Kentucky, warehouse by the U.S. Department of Labor led to a broader investigation that found systemic overtime violations by a California-based warehouse operator and e-commerce distributor, and a determination that the employer owes $1,025,909 in back wages to 995 warehouse workers in Kentucky and California.

August 8, 2022

Investigation finds Western New York home healthcare agency failed to comply with federal overtime law, recovers $228K for 260 workers

ROCHESTER, NY – A federal investigation has recovered $228,379 in back wages for 260 employees of a Rochester-based home healthcare agency that denied them overtime for hours over 40 in a workweek.

August 4, 2022

Investigation recovers $246K in back wages for 306 painters, drywall workers denied overtime by misclassification as independent contractors

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Department of Labor has found that the wages of hundreds of painters and drywall workers employed by a Louisiana contractor on construction projects, including work at New Orleans’ Superdome, were tackled for a loss when their employer misclassified the workers as independent contractors, a common industry violation.

August 4, 2022

US Department of Labor begins initiative highlighting maternal health, workplace protections for expectant, new mothers in August

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Department of Labor will begin a series of events in August to highlight the importance of maternal health and workplace protections for expectant and new mothers as the country marks National Breastfeeding Month.  

August 4, 2022

US Department of Labor investigation recovers $229K in missed payroll, overtime wages for 809 misclassified construction workers in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS – A federal investigation into the bounced payroll checks of 10 construction workers renovating a nursing home in Panama City, Florida, found the employer who issued the bad checks had also denied more than 800 workers overtime wages by misclassifying them as independent contractors.

August 4, 2022

Una investigación del Departamento de Trabajo recupera $229,000 en nóminas impagas y salarios de horas extras para 809 trabajadores de la construcción clasificados erróneamente en Nueva Orleans

NUEVA ORLEANS - Una investigación federal sobre cheques de nómina rechazados de 10 trabajadores de la construcción que renovaban un hogar para ancianos en Panama City, Florida descubrió que el empleador que emitía los cheques inválidos también negaba a más de 800 trabajadores los salarios por horas extras al clasificarlos como contratistas independientes.

August 3, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers more than $374K in back wages, damages for 62 workers after Cleveland construction contractor denies overtime

CLEVELAND, TN – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $374,493 wages and liquidated damages for 62 construction workers employed by a Cleveland contractor that denied them overtime wages when required by federal law, and jeopardized the safety of an 11-year-old by employing them as a groundskeeper allowed to operate dangerous equipment.

August 3, 2022

EL DEPARTAMENTO DE TRABAJO DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS RECUPERA MÁS DE $374,000 EN CONCEPTO DE SALARIOS ATRASADOS Y DAÑOS PARA 62 TRABAJADORES DESPUÉS DE QUE UN CONTRATISTA DE CONSTRUCCIÓN DE CLEVELAND NEGARA EL PAGO DE HORAS EXTRAS

CLEVELAND, TN – El Departamento de Trabajo de los Estados Unidos recuperó $374,493 en concepto de salarios y daños y perjuicios para 62 trabajadores de la construcción empleados por un contratista de Cleveland que les negó el pago de horas extras que exige la ley federal, y puso en peligro la seguridad de un niño de 11 años que había empleado como jardinero con permiso para operar maquinaria peligrosa.

August 2, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $130K in back wages, damages for 68 correctional facilities’ workers denied overtime by Beattyville employer

LOUISVILLE, KY – The U.S. Department of Labor recovered $130,879 in back wages and liquidated damages for 68 workers after a Beattyville-based food services contractor failed to pay their full wages by incorrectly applying overtime rules for managers.

August 2, 2022

US Department of Labor finds Honolulu contractor failed to pay correct wages, fringe benefits to 46 employees on federally funded projects

HONOLULU – A U.S. Department of Labor investigation has recovered $156,837 in back wages from a Honolulu contractor who paid 46 workers lower wages than the law allows for the type of work they performed under federal contracts awarded by U.S. Marine Corps, Navy, Army and Coast Guard in Hawaii.

August 2, 2022

Tampa Chick-Fil-A franchisee pays more than $12K penalty after allowing teens, aged 14 and 15, to work outside permitted hours

Employer:                                          Brito Enterprises of Tampa Inc.

                                                            Operating as Chick-Fil-A Tampa Stadium

                                                            2551 North Dale Mabry Hwy

                                                            Tampa, FL 33607

July 28, 2022

El Departamento de Trabajo de EEUU recupera $178K en salarios atrasados para 27 trabajadores de un empleador de Houston que los clasificaba erróneamente como contratistas independientes

HOUSTON - Una investigación del Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU. ha recuperado $178,358 en salarios por horas extras atrasados para 27 trabajadores de una empresa de soldadura y fabricación de Houston que los clasificaba erróneamente como contratistas independientes y les negaba sus salarios y beneficios completos.

July 28, 2022

US Department of Labor debars Washington orchard operator who verbally abused, threatened foreign farmworkers; violated federal workers’ program

SEATTLE – The U.S. Department of Labor has debarred an East Wenatchee orchard operator for three years from participation in a federal program that allows employment of temporary agricultural workers from outside the U.S. after investigators determined that the employer provided unsafe and unhealthy housing, failed to provide work promised in workers’ contracts, and subjected workers to verbal abuse and threats.

July 28, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $86K after investigation finds Eugene restaurant owner kept all tips workers earned, used them to pay their wages

Employer:                                          LI&YU Restaurant LLC, operating as 

                                                                 Bao Bao House

Investigation site:                       868 West Park St.

                                                               Eugene, OR 97401