January 10, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers nearly $30K in back wages, damages after finding systemic overtime lapses at six Jacksonville sandwich shops

ORLANDO, FL The U.S. Department of Labor recovered $14,813 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages after finding a Jacksonville Subway franchisee directed employees to handle work-related tasks off-the-clock at six restaurants.

January 9, 2023

Dueño de restaurante de Portland y ex víctima de robo de salarios negó a trabajadores pago por horas extra, robó propinas y alteró registros

PORTLAND, OR – En 2018, Miguel Chi-dzul fue víctima de robo de salario e investigadores del Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. determinaron que su empleador alteraba rutinariamente los registros de tiempo para ocultar el hecho de que a él no le pagaban todas las horas trabajadas, incluidos los salarios por horas extra. La resultante investigación de la División de Horas y Salarios del departamento recuperó entonces $831 en salarios atrasados para él como parte de un total de $14,758 para cuatro trabajadores.

January 9, 2023

Once a wage theft victim, Portland restaurant employer denied workers overtime, stole tips, altered records, say federal investigators

PORTLAND, OR – In 2018, Miguel Chi-dzul fell victim to wage theft and U.S. Department of Labor investigators determined that his then-employer routinely altered time records to hide the fact that he wasn’t paid for all hours worked, including overtime wages. The investigation by the department's Wage and Hour Division recouped $831 in back overtime wages for him as part of its $14,758 recovery for four workers. 

January 5, 2023

Charleston trampoline park pays $11K penalty after allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to work outside legally permitted hours

Employer:  SC1 Summit LLC – operating as Summit Adventure Park Charleston

Investigation site: 1964 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29407

January 5, 2023

El Departamento de Trabajo recupera $55,000 en salarios atrasados para 7 trabajadores después de que un restaurante de Durham no pagara las horas extras y negara las propinas que dejaban los clientes

Empleador:                            Kandible Inc., que opera como Indian Monsoon

Lugar de investigación:        105 W. Morgan St.

                                                Durham, NC 27701

January 5, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $55K in back wages for 7 workers after Durham restaurant fails to pay overtime, denies tips left by customers

Employer:  Kandible Inc., operating as Indian Monsoon

Investigation site: 105 W. Morgan St., Durham, NC 27701

January 3, 2023

US Labor Department recovers $1.6M for 83 restaurant workers whose Los Angeles employer denied them overtime pay; tried to hide wage theft

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $1,651,550 in back wages and liquidated damages from the owner of seven Los Angeles restaurants who denied 83 workers overtime wages and kept false pay records in an attempt to hide the wage theft.

January 3, 2023

Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recupera $1.6M para 83 trabajadores de restaurantes de Los Ángeles cuyo empleador les negó pago por horas extra

LOS ANGELES – El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recuperó $1,651,550 en salarios atrasados y compensación por daños del propietario de siete restaurantes de Los Ángeles que negó a 83 trabajadores el pago por horas extras y mantuvo registros falsos para tratar de ocultar el robo de salarios.

January 3, 2023

Arby’s franchisee allows teens to work outside of federally allowed limits at 9 South Carolina locations, federal investigation finds

COLUMBIA, SC What began as a child labor investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor at one Arby’s restaurant location in Laurens, expanded to include other restaurants operated by the same business operator who was found to be allowing 65 minor-aged employees to work outside of federally allowed work hours.  

December 21, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $38K in back wages, damages for 26 workers at New Hampshire ice cream, food retailer

Employer:    Jamison’s Ice Cream LLC, operating as Sawyer’s Ice Cream

Site:               1933 Lakeshore Road

Gilford, New Hampshire 03249

December 21, 2022

Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU. presenta una denuncia contra un restaurante de Middlesboro y su propietario, quien tomó represalias y despidió a un trabajador por contactarse con la agencia de trabajo estatal

Fecha de la acción:   21 de noviembre de 2022

Tipo de acción:   Denuncia contra represalias

Tribunal: Tribunal Distrital de EE. UU. por el Distrito Este de Kentucky

December 21, 2022

US Department of Labor obtains judgement ordering Winter Haven security company, owner to pay $117K in back wages, damages

TAMPA, FL A federal court ordered a Winter Haven security services company to pay $117,880 in back wages and liquidated damages to 76 employees who the U.S. Department of Labor determined were misclassified as independent contractors.

December 21, 2022

US Department of Labor files complaint against Middlesboro restaurant, owner who retaliated, fired worker for contacting state labor agency

Date of action:  Nov. 21, 2022

Type of action:  Anti-retaliation complaint

Court: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky

Names of defendants: Ike’s Artisan Pizza LLC, owner Isaac Martin Ausmus

December 20, 2022

US Department of Labor finds 11 Crumbl Cookies’ franchisees violated child labor regulations in 6 states, affecting 46 minor-aged workers

DALLAS – A federal investigation into child labor violations by franchisees of a Lindon, Utah-based franchise network of a fast-growing national chain of cookie bakeries found 11 operators in six states allowed young employees – many 14 and 15 years of age – to work more than the law permits or in hazardous or prohibited occupations. 

December 19, 2022

Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recupera $144K en pagos, compensación para 11 mecánicos a los que su taller de llantas negó salarios completos

Empleador:                                        B&R Tires Inc.

Lugar de investigación:                15115 Whittram Ave.

                                                                   Fontana, CA 92335

December 19, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $144K in back pay, damages for 11 mechanics denied full wages at Southern California tire shop

Employer:                                          B&R Tires Inc.

Investigation sites:                       15115 Whittram Ave.

                                                                  Fontana, CA 92335

December 19, 2022

South Florida frozen custard franchisee pays more than $15K penalty after allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to work outside legally permitted hours

Employer:                                   Ice Custard Hialeah LLC – operating as Rita’s Italian Ice

Investigation sites:                3011 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale 33316

                                                         18451 NW 67th Ave., Hialeah 33015

                                                         313 Johnson St., Hollywood 33019

December 19, 2022

North Carolina Chick-fil-A franchisee fined $6K after letting teenagers use hazardous machinery, paying workers with meals, federal investigation finds

Employer:                                          Good Name 22:1 LLC

                                                            Operating as Chick-fil-A

                                                            52 Highland Square

                                                            Hendersonville, NC 28792


December 15, 2022

Federal marshals arrest New Jersey restaurant owner who ignored court orders, subpoena for records from US Department of Labor

NEW YORK – The operator of three northern New Jersey restaurants has learned that not cooperating with a federal investigation and ignoring several federal court orders can get you arrested.