February 22, 2016

Oklahoma industrial cleaning company agrees to pay more than $235K to 42 workers in back wages, damages

Employer: Power Services Company of Oklahoma LLC

Site: 9881 Hectorville Road, Mounds, Oklahoma

February 22, 2016

Silicon Valley venture capital firm to pay $331K in back wages to employees wrongfully treated as unpaid interns

Who: U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division
Fenox Venture Capital of San Jose, California

What: Fenox wrongfully classified 56 workers, who were performing high-level jobs, as unpaid interns, the Wage and Hour Division announced today. The Silicon Valley venture capital firm will pay $331,269 in back wages and damages to the workers.

February 18, 2016

US Department of Labor lawsuit alleges Atlanta chemical packager failed to pay workers minimum wage and overtime compensation

Employer name: Apollo Industries Inc.

Investigation site: 1850 South Cobb Industrial Blvd., Smyrna, Georgia 30082

Investigation findings: Investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division’s Atlanta District office found the employer violated overtime, minimum wage and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Apollo Industries is a specialty chemical contract packager.

February 16, 2016

The Mirage hotel and casino violated Family and Medical Leave Act

Employer: MGM Resorts International, doing business as “The Mirage”

Site: 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, Nevada

February 16, 2016

Minnesota sheet metal fabricator pays 43 workers more than $171K in back wages and damages

ST. MICHAEL, Minn. – A central Minnesota sheet metal fabricator has paid $85,617 in back wages and an additional equal amount in liquidated damages totaling $171,234 to 43 workers. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division determined the company violated the overtime provisions of Fair Labor Standards Act by “banking” overtime hours instead of paying for that time at legally-required time and a half.

February 16, 2016

Paying to work? Sophia’s House of Pancakes resolves allegations servers made to pay $2 per hour to work at restaurants

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Imagine having to pay your restaurant employer to be able to work there.

That’s what U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division investigators found at two popular Sophia’s House of Pancakes restaurants in Kalamazoo and Benton Harbor where servers were required to pay $2 an hour from their tips to their employer. Investigators also found that Peter Philis, who runs the Benton Harbor location, discriminated against a server, claiming that she reported violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act to the Labor Department.

February 11, 2016

Wisconsin cleaning company to pay more than $104K in back wages to 56 workers after Labor Department investigation

HORTONVILLE, Wis. – A Wisconsin industrial cleaning contractor failed to pay workers for all their time spent loading trucks and driving to job sites, resulting in violations of the minimum wage and overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, Mid Valley Industrial Services Inc.

February 10, 2016

Two Hawaii restaurants found in violation of overtime pay requirements

Employers: HSC Hilo LLC, doing business as Hawaiian Style Café Hilo; and Bajcka LLC, doing business as Hawaiian Style Café Waimea

Sites: 681 Manono St #101, Hilo, HI; and 65-1290 Kawaihae Road, Kamuela, HI   

February 5, 2016

Selma, California market to pay workers $149K in back wages and damages; violates federal labor pay standards

Employers: Alfonso’s Carniceria, Inc., doing business as Alfonso’s Meat Market

Site: 2756 Whitson St., Selma, California

February 4, 2016

Federal court affirms US Labor Department finding that Tri-Cities blueberry farms unfairly paid workers

SEATTLE – After years of denial, obstructions and legal battles, a group of Washington State blueberry growers admitted that they systematically violated the rights of their agricultural workers, including failing to pay the minimum wage and overtime pay, in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 growing seasons.

February 4, 2016

Labor Department launches West Coast sweep to investigate pay practices at fast food establishments to ensure fairness, compliance

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has launched an education and enforcement initiative on the West Coast and in surrounding areas aimed at ensuring workers at fast food establishments are being paid the proper minimum wage and overtime.

January 27, 2016

Department’s Wage and Hour Division seeks to debar Oregon drywall company from future government contracts

Employer: PR Drywall LLC

Site: 2730 SE 39th Loop Suite E, Hillsboro, Oregon

January 27, 2016

Federal judge orders security provider to pay more than $115K in back wages, damages to guards protecting Hawaii movie and television locations

Employer: C&C Security Inc., doing business as Cast and Crew Security

Site: 438 Hobron Lane #117, Honolulu, HI 96815

January 25, 2016

US Labor Department education and enforcement initiative focuses on labor law compliance in Georgia’s hotel industry

ATLANTA – Hotel industry workers typically earn low wages and may struggle financially to meet basic needs. When employers fail to pay them the wages they have legally earned, their struggle gets even harder.

January 25, 2016

Sushi and ramen restaurants pay $621K in back wages, damages and penalties after US Labor Department investigation

LOS ANGELES – While Southern California Sushi chefs worked up to 90 hours a week painstakingly assembling intricately crafted Godzilla rolls, sashimi assortments and other delicacies at various restaurants, the U.S. Department of Labor found their employer was cheating the chefs and other workers out of overtime pay, shaving hours off timecards and docking their pay routinely for 10-minute breaks.

January 25, 2016

Las Vegas landscaper to pay $119K in overtime wages, damages to 10 workers following U.S. Department of Labor investigation

Employer: Escalera Landscaping Inc.

Site: 5012 Arville Street, Las Vegas, Nevada 89118

January 21, 2016

Federal judge orders Chicago limo company to pay more than $381K in back wages damages

CHICAGO – A federal judge has ordered a Chicago limo company to pay 34 drivers $190,716 in back wages and an equal additional amount in liquidated damages, totaling $381,432, after finding the company violated the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

January 21, 2016

Los Angeles garment manufacturer to pay workers $173K in back wages

Employer: Chloe Apparel, Inc.

Site: 1143 East 29th St., Los Angeles, California

Investigation findings: The employer paid straight time for overtime hours worked after 40 hours in a work week. The employer also failed to pay the proper minimum wage to a subset of workers. Both sets of violations fall under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

January 19, 2016

Car wash in Orange County to pay more than $68K in back wages and damages to 16 workers following US Labor Department investigation

Employer: Humanage Acquisitions LLC, doing business as Riverbend Hand Car Wash

Site: 22290 La Palma Avenue, Yorba Linda, California 92887

January 19, 2016

US Labor Department sues Victoria, Texas, oil pipe maker for back wages, damages for workers

Date of Action: Dec. 3, 2015

Type of Action: Lawsuit filing

Name of Defendant: Platform Marine Inc., 3431 FM 1685, Victoria, Texas