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 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 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

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

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 14, 2016

So Cal residential care facility workers to receive $103K in back wages after US Labor Department investigation

Employers: St. James Home for the Elderly, Inc.

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January 14, 2016

Jaws Shirts & Gift shop owes $60K in back wages, damages to 38 workers at its Tennessee locations, US Labor Department finds

Employer name: Today’s Generation LLC, doing business as Jaws Shirts & Gifts

Investigation site: 3535 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

January 14, 2016

Tennessee resort that misclassified workers will pay $55K in back wages to 33 employees after US Labor Department investigation

Employer name: Elk Springs Resort Cabin Rentals LLC  

Investigation site: 1088 Powdermill Road, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

January 14, 2016

Federal judge overturns jury verdict, orders El Tequila restaurants and owner Carlos Aguirre to pay $2.1 million in back wages and damages to workers

TULSA, Okla. – A federal judge in Tulsa overturned a jury verdict and ruled that El Tequila LLC and owner Carlos Aguirre willfully violated the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. El Tequila and Aguirre must pay $2.1 million in back wages and liquidated damages to over 300 vulnerable workers.

January 12, 2016

Investigations at 10 North Carolina restaurants find more than $510K in back wages owed to 125 workers

RALEIGH, N.C. – Investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division have found violations of the minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act at 10 San Jose Mexican Restaurant locations throughout the state. As a result, the restaurants will pay a total of $511,745 in back wages to 125 employees. The division’s Raleigh District Office led the initiative.

Violations found include:

January 11, 2016

Taqueria La Herradura in Pharr, Texas, pays over $33K in back wages, damages to kitchen staff after US Department of Labor investigation

Employer: Taqueria La Herradura LLC

Site: 6613 S. Jackson Rd., Pharr, Texas

January 7, 2016

Financial Carrier Services in Charlotte, North Carolina to pay more than $26K to 33 workers following US Labor Department investigation

Employer name: Financial Carrier Services Inc.

Investigation site: 13325 South Point Blvd., Charlotte, North Carolina

January 7, 2016

So Cal tire and road service employer to pay more than $118K in unpaid wages, damages to 11 workers

Employer: Bonifacio Ontiveros, doing business as Benny’s Tire and Road Service

Site: 31514 Castaic Road, Castaic, California 91384

January 5, 2016

One Global Security, in Orlando, Florida agrees to pay more than $33K in back wages following US Labor Department investigation

Employer name: One Global Security Inc.

Investigation site: 8552 Keswick Pointe Drive, Orlando, Florida 32829

January 5, 2016

Restaurant enforcement initiative finds more than $2.27M in back wages, damages owed to more than 3,000 Georgia workers

ATLANTA — U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigations have identified widespread violations of the minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act in Georgia's restaurant industry. As a result, restaurants are paying a total of $2,277,480 in back wages and damages to more than 3,000 employees.

January 5, 2016

Tampa manufacturer paying nearly $60K in back wages and damages after US Labor Department investigation

Employer name: Vartek LLC

Investigation site: 6715 North 53rd St., Tampa, Florida 33610

January 4, 2016

Pennsylvania marketing company owes at least $1.75M in back wages and damages for docking employee pay for compensable break time

MALVERN, Pa. — For telemarketing workers of a Malvern publishing company, deciding when to take water, bathroom and rest breaks was a matter of dollars and cents. The workers had their pay docked for virtually all time not spent making sales calls, sometimes bringing their wages below the federal minimum wage.

January 4, 2016

Las Vegas limousine company will pay drivers $240K in back wages

Employers: VLS, LLC doing business as Vegas Limousine Service

Sites: 1400 Commerce Street Las Vegas Nevada 89102