October 11, 2016

US Labor Department recovers more than $570K in back wages, damages for 55 workers at Johnny Rockets restaurants in Washington metro area

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today a consent judgment requiring the owners of two Johnny Rockets restaurants in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to pay $571,460 in back wages and liquidated damages to 55 servers denied the minimum wage and overtime.

October 6, 2016

Portland, Texas, restaurant settles worker retaliation allegation after US Labor Department finds nine employees owed $25K in back wages

Date of Action: Oct. 3, 2016

Type of Action: Settlement reached to resolve allegations of retaliation

Name of Defendants: Maria R. Mendez Zuniga, dba as La Iguana Restaurant #4 and Jesus Zuniga in Portland, Texas

October 5, 2016

US Labor Department sues San Antonio restaurant chain for $164K in unpaid overtime, liquidated damages for 20 workers

Date of Action: Sept. 9, 2016

Type of Action: Lawsuit

Name of Defendant: Wok on Wheels USA LLC, Shin Oak Investments LLC and Cedars Enterprises LLC —doing business as Wok on Wheels; owners Said Al-Haj and Rhonda Al-Haj.

October 5, 2016

Greensboro staffing agency pays $107K in back wages to 450 assembly-line workers after federal investigation

Employer name: Key Resources Inc.

Investigation site: 3703 West Market St.
Greensboro, North Carolina 27403

October 5, 2016

Waste management company to pay $150K in overtime back wages to 29 truck drivers after US Department of Labor investigation

Employer name: Patterson Services Inc.

Investigation site: 5800 Riverview Road
Mableton, Georgia 30126

October 4, 2016

Houston contractor to pay workers $371K in back wages, damages for overtime violations at Waikiki hotel renovation

Employer: R&R Construction Services Corp.

Sites: Maile Sky Court Hotel
2058 Kuhio Ave., Honolulu Hawaii

October 4, 2016

Significant violations in the Austin restaurant industry raise concerns for US Labor Department officials

AUSTIN, Texas – In nearly every one of its investigations of restaurants in fiscal year 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division says restaurant owners in the Austin area violated federal labor law by not paying their workers the wages they were legally owed.

September 29, 2016

US Department of Labor announces final rule requiring federal contractors to provide workers access to paid sick leave

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule today requiring federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to employees who work on or in connection with certain federal contracts. The rule will allow these workers to use paid leave if they are sick, need to take care of a sick family member or must see a doctor or take a family member to a medical appointment. Workers may also use paid sick leave for reasons related to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

September 29, 2016

US Labor Department sues Oklahoma cleaning company, alleging its cleaning ‘franchisees’ are employees

Date of Action: Sept. 29, 2016

Type of Action:  Filing of lawsuit

Name of Defendant: Jani-King of Oklahoma Inc.
Addison, Texas

September 29, 2016

US Labor Department seeks reinstatement, back pay, damages from leading building materials company for Texas quarry worker

Date of Action: Sept. 29, 2016

Type of Action: Lawsuit filing

Name of Defendant: Martin Marietta Materials Inc.

Allegation: The U.S. Department of Labor has sued Martin Marietta Materials Inc. after an investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division found that the employer violated the Family Medical Leave Act.

September 29, 2016

County of Essex, private detention facility contractor to pay $4.8 million in back wages, fringe benefits to resolve labor violations

NEWARK, N.J. – One hundred and twenty-two employees at a Newark immigration detention facility will receive $4.8 million in back wages and fringe benefits from the County of Essex and one of the nation’s largest providers of re-entry and in-prison treatment services, following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.

September 27, 2016

Washington housing management company to pay $239K to workers statewide

Employer: Cambridge Management, Inc.

Sites: 1916 64th Ave. West
Tacoma, Washington

Apartment complexes in Tacoma, Olympia, Chehalis, Spokane, Clarkson, Yakima, Pasco, Quincy, Kennewick, Richland Moses Lake, Sunnyside and Walla Walla

September 26, 2016

Providence restaurant, owner to pay $567K in back wages, damages to 104 employees denied minimum wage, overtime pay

Date of Action: Sept. 23, 2016

Type of Action: Complaint, Consent Judgment and Order

Name of Defendants: Jacky's Galaxie Providence, Inc., doing business as Jacky's Waterplace & Sushi Bar, and Kin Wah Ko. 200 Exchange St., Providence, Rhode Island.

September 13, 2016

US Department of Labor, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission sign agreement to protect workers from misclassification

Participants: U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division
Oklahoma Employment Security Commission

September 8, 2016

More than 800 Central Florida hotel workers to share $133K in back wages after US Labor Department investigates Kissimmee staffing agency

Employer name: APDC Services Inc., 3059 Michigan Ave., Kissimmee, Florida 34744

Investigation sites:

1850 Hotel Plaza Blvd., Lake Buena Vista 32830

8451 Palm Parkway, Orlando 32836

1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd., Lake Buena Vista 32830

12007 Cypress Run Road, Orlando 32836

September 8, 2016

Chevron subsidiaries in California, Texas to pay $1.5 million in overtime back wages, damages to 750 field workers after US Labor Department investigation

SAN FRANCISCO – Oil and gas industry workers often work long hours to provide essential products for the nation’s economy. In return, these employees expect their employers to pay them fairly and fully, as the law requires. For 750 workers employed by one of the world’s largest industry operators, this was not the case.

September 7, 2016

Welders, pipe fitters along Gulf Coast to be paid $516K in back wages

NEW ORLEANS – Two Gulf Coast staffing agencies have agreed to paid 353 workers nearly $516,000 in back wages after U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigators found they classified employees incorrectly as independent contractors and mislabeled wages as per-diem reimbursement for expenses never incurred.

September 1, 2016

US Department of Labor signs agreement with Nebraska Department of Labor to protect workers from misclassification

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

September 1, 2016

Georgia mail hauler pays $971K in back wages, fringe benefits to 99 drivers after US Labor Department investigation

Employer name: Roadmaster Transportation Inc.

Investigation site: 1640 Stone Ridge Drive, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083

September 1, 2016

Bronx, Brooklyn beauty supply stores ordered to pay $218K to 16 workers illegally denied overtime pay

NEW YORK – For more than a dozen sales clerks, cashiers, stock clerks and security guards at three beauty supply stores in the Bronx and Brooklyn, the hours were long but too often, their pay came up short.

Now, as a result of a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation and the department’s litigation, their employers must pay the 16 workers a total of $218,000 in back wages and liquidated damages.