May 16, 2023

Department of Labor files complaint against security companies for misclassifying security guards in Puerto Rico

Date of action:                       April 3, 2023

Type of action:                      Complaint

Names of defendants:           EM Policia Privada Inc.; its successor Vigilancia Virtual y Policia Privada LLC; Israel Martínez Gutiérrez, individually Carmen Hernandez Rosa, individually; and Daniel Vargas, individually.

May 16, 2023

El Departamento de Trabajo presenta una denuncia contras algunas empresas de seguridad por clasificar de manera errónea a guardias de seguridad de en Puerto Rico

 

Fecha de la acción:               3 de abril de 2023

Tipo de acción:                      Denuncia:

Nombres de los acusados:    EM Policía Privada Inc.; su sucesora Vigilancia Virtual y Policía Privada LLC; Israel Martínez Gutiérrez, de forma individual, Carmen Hernandez Rosa, de forma individual; y Daniel Vargas, de forma individual.

May 15, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $301K in back wages, damages after investigators find Fort Lee restaurant shortchanged 63 workers

FORT LEE, NJ The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered more than $300,000 in back wages and liquidated damages for 63 workers at a Fort Lee restaurant after an investigation found the employer’s pay practices violated federal minimum wage and overtime regulations.

May 11, 2023

US Department of Labor finds San Jose assisted living provider intentionally denied 16 workers overtime pay, recovers $211K in back wages, damages

SAN JOSE, CA – A federal investigation has recovered $211,064 in back wages and liquidated damages for 16 people employed by the owners and operators of three Bay Area assisted living facilities that deliberately failed to pay the required overtime rate when employees worked over 40 hours a week serving the needs of older adults in Santa Clara and San Jose.

May 11, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $96K for 10 workers on Kauai after finding cleaning company denied pay for overtime, work travel

HONOLULU – U.S. Department of Labor investigators have found that a Lihue cleaning service failed to pay employees overtime wages when required and did not pay employees for time spent traveling between job sites, which has led to the recovery of $96,936 in unpaid wages and damages for 10 workers.

May 10, 2023

Federal jury finds East Penn Manufacturing violated federal law; awards $22M in back wages, among largest wage verdicts in Department of Labor history

PHILADELPHIA – A federal court jury has awarded back wages of more than $22 million to the U.S. Department of Labor for more than 7,500 employees working for East Penn Manufacturing Company Inc. — one of the world’s largest battery manufacturers — after the department proved that the company failed to pay them overtime pay.

May 9, 2023

US Department of Labor offers webinar for hotel industry employers, workers, other stakeholders during National Tourism and Travel Week

Who:              U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division           

What:             Fair Labor Standards Act webinar for hotel industry employers, workers

When:            May 11, 2023, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT  

May 8, 2023

Department of Labor recovers $910K in back wages, damages for 289 Lyndhurst staffing agency employees denied overtime

LYNDHURST, NJ – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a consent judgment in a federal court in New Jersey to recover $910,000 in back wages and liquidated damages for 289 employees of a Lyndhurst staffing agency whose pay practices deprived them of hard-earned overtime wages.

May 8, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers more than $114K in back wages, damages for 100 employees denied overtime by Orlando-based hotel staffing agency

Employer:   APDC Cleaning Services Inc.

                     5824 Precision Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

May 4, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $45K in back wages, damages for Oklahoma healthcare workers denied overtime wages

Employer:                       The Heart and Medical Center                                     

Investigation sites:    2701 W. University Blvd.

                                              Durant, OK 74701                                  

May 2, 2023

Three McDonald’s franchisees in Kentucky pay $212K in fines after federal investigations find 305 minors — including 10-year-olds — working illegally

LOUISVILLE, KY – Working in a kitchen late at night near dangerous cooking equipment is a reality for many adults in the food service industry. But finding 10-year-old kids in such a work environment is a cause for concern and action by the U.S. Department of Labor.

May 2, 2023

Federal investigation recovers $672K for 172 firefighters, paramedics after Department of Labor finds City of Gary misapplied overtime rules

GARY, IN – Like all first responders, firefighters employed by the City of Gary must be ready to respond when and wherever needed. In general, they work a 106-hour schedule at fire stations every two weeks in shifts sometimes lasting 24 hours or longer. When duty forces them to exceed their typical schedules, federal law requires their employer to pay overtime wages at time-and-one-half their hourly rates.

May 2, 2023

Court forbids Popeyes franchisee, manager from intimidating workers, harassing federal investigators during investigation of Harrisburg restaurant

HARRISBURG, PA A federal court has issued a preliminary injunction in response to the U.S. Department of Labor’s request to enjoin and restrain the owner of a Popeyes franchise restaurant in Harrisburg and its district manager from threatening workers, harassing federal investigators, and otherwise obstructing an investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division.

May 1, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $101K for 10 sushi restaurant workers in Hawaii after employer denied overtime pay by misapplying exemption

HONOLULU – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $101,694 in back wages and liquidated damages from the owners of a Honolulu restaurant who denied full wages to 10 chefs — many of whom worked as many as 20 hours of overtime each week — by illegally excluding them from overtime compensation.

May 1, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $333K in back wages, damages for 51 workers denied overtime by Long Island maintenance company

WESTBURY, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered more than $333,000 in back wages and liquidated damages for 51 employees of a Long Island maintenance company that issued separate checks to workers to mask the company’s failure to pay overtime wages when required by law.

May 1, 2023

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recupera $333,000 en salarios atrasados y daños para 51 personas empleadas a quienes una empresa de mantenimiento de Long Island les negaba las horas extras

WESTBURY, NY - El Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU. ha recuperado más de $333,000 en salarios atrasados y daños y perjuicios para 51 personas empleadas en una empresa de mantenimiento de Long Island que emitía cheques por separado para sus empleados para ocultar que la empresa no pagaba los salarios por horas extras cuando lo requería la ley.

April 27, 2023

US Department of Labor finds Santa Maria care provider deliberately denied 42 workers overtime, recovers $545K in back wages, damages

SANTA MARIA, CA – A federal investigation has found the owner and operator of five central California residential care homes denied overtime wages to 42 caregivers by requiring them to sign away their rights to overtime in exchange for an extra $1 per hour worked and creating a second payroll to hide the fraud.

April 26, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $78K for 54 security guards after finding West Covina company denied them overtime, falsified payroll records

WEST COVINA, CA – A U.S. Department of Labor investigation has recovered $78,472 in back wages and liquidated damages for 54 guards employed by a West Covina security company that denied them overtime pay illegally and then attempted to conceal the overtime hours by recording them falsely as training, bonuses, commissions and reimbursements.

April 26, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $110K for 19 workers after investigation finds Tennessee steakhouse denied them overtime wages as required

Employer:     

Dyersburg Grecian Steakhouse Inc., operating as Grecian Steakhouse

2265 St. John Ave.

Dyersburg, TN 38024

April 26, 2023

US Department of Labor offers webinar on employers’ obligations, workers’ rights to help reduce high rate of violations in home care industry

PHILADELPHIA −The U.S. Department of Labor will host a webinar for home care workers, industry employers and other stakeholders about workers’ rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act.