February 20, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $131K for 110 employees denied overtime, misclassified as independent contractors by Hawaii security services company

Employer:      Prior Vision LLC

                             590 Farrington Highway, Suite 524-445

 Kapolei, HI 96707

February 7, 2024

Department of Labor recovers $134K in tips, overtime wages, damages after investigators found Hawaii restaurant owner shortchanged workers

Employer:      Maui L&L Food Inc., operating as L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

                        270 Dairy Road

December 18, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $118K in tips, overtime wages, damages from Honolulu restaurant operator that shortchanged employees again

Employer:      Hale Vietnam Inc.

                        1140 12th Ave.

November 9, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $169K in back wages, damages from Honolulu HVAC employer that denied overtime pay to 15 workers

Employer:      Heide & Cook LLC

                            1714 Kanakanui St.

September 8, 2023

Investigation recovers $693K in back wages, damages from Georgia contractor that schemed for years to deprive 110 workers on Hawaii projects of overtime

HONOLULU – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $693,100 in back wages and damages after its investigations determined a Georgia-based prime contractor schemed to deny payment of overtime wages to 110 construction workers from 12 states employed on several hotel renovation projects in Honolulu between 2019 and 2022.

July 27, 2023

Court requires Kaneohe assisted living facilities, owners who willfully denied 23 employees overtime to pay $287K in back wages, damages

HONOLULU – A federal court has required the owners and operators of two residential care facilities in Kaneohe to pay $287,279 in wages and liquidated damages to 23 caregivers after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found the employers intentionally denied them overtime wages.

July 25, 2023

Department of Labor recovers $73K in back wages, damages from Hawaii food wholesaler who denied overtime pay to 11 warehouse employees

Employer:      Family Food Co. Inc.

                        1043 Opakapaka St.

                        Kapolei, HI 96707

May 18, 2023

Hawaii restaurant’s managers pocketed employees’ tips illegally, leading US Department of Labor to recover $91K for 35 workers

HONOLULU – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $91,097 in unpaid wages and liquidated damages for workers employed by a Kapolei restaurant that allowed its managers to pocket some of the tips earned by its servers, cooks and kitchen helpers.

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 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.

March 16, 2023

US Department of Labor finds Honolulu addiction treatment center denied 34 care workers, support staff overtime, minimum wages

HONOLULU – A Honolulu substance abuse treatment facility must pay a total of $451,989 in back wages to 34 substance use disorder counselors and kitchen, clerical, maintenance and administrative staff after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation into the center’s illegal pay practices. In some cases, the facility paid workers providing patient care and other services as little as $400 per month.

February 7, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $49K in back wages, damages for Honolulu preschool employees denied full wages

HONOLULU – A Honolulu preschool has learned an expensive lesson about willfully failing to pay required overtime wages as the law requires, after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation.

October 19, 2022

US Department of Labor finds Kauai restaurant assigned underaged workers hazardous kitchen duties, denied 18 workers overtime pay

HONOLULU – The U.S. Department of Labor has found a Kauai restaurant allowed eight minors, some as young as 15-years-old, to cook and bake in violation of federal laws that prohibit employers from assigning hazardous occupations to underage employees, and denied overtime wages to 18 employees.

September 7, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $84K in back wages, damages for 44 underpaid workers of Honolulu employer

Employer name:        Raymond’s Painting Co.

Investigation Site:     904 Hikina Lane

                                             Honolulu, HI 96817

August 23, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $56K in unpaid overtime, damages for Hawaii landscaping workers

HONOLULU – A U.S. Department of Labor investigation has recovered $28,455 in unpaid overtime wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages from a Big Island nursery and landscaping company after they failed to pay overtime wages to 37 employees.

August 2, 2022

US Department of Labor finds Honolulu contractor failed to pay correct wages, fringe benefits to 46 employees on federally funded projects

HONOLULU – A U.S. Department of Labor investigation has recovered $156,837 in back wages from a Honolulu contractor who paid 46 workers lower wages than the law allows for the type of work they performed under federal contracts awarded by U.S. Marine Corps, Navy, Army and Coast Guard in Hawaii.

July 21, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $290K for 95 food truck-restaurant workers whose Maui employer intentionally denied them full wages

MAUI – A federal investigation has recovered $290,314 in rightfully earned wages and damages owed to 95 workers after the pay practices of their employer – the operator of five Maui food truck-restaurants – willfully denied them their full wages.

June 30, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $117K for servers after investigation finds restaurants illegally shared tips with managers, supervisors

HONOLULU – A federal investigation has recovered $117,710 in back wages and liquidated damages for 70 workers of a restaurant group in Hawaii that required servers to share their tips with managers, after the employer reduced managers’ salaries by at least 25 percent. The restaurant operators attempted to make up for the reduction in managers’ salaries by drawing from tipped workers’ wages, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

May 26, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $33K for 14 shortchanged workers in Honolulu after investigation finds tour operator violated overtime rules

HONOLULU – A federal investigation has recovered $33,399 in back wages and liquidated damages for 14 underpaid workers of an Oahu tour operator who denied crew members on a company tour boat their overtime wages.

April 13, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $153K for 17 shortchanged workers after investigation uncovers half-baked overtime policies, child labor violations

HONOLULU – A federal investigation recovered $153,070 in back wages and liquidated damages for 17 workers of a Honolulu bakery and café whose operator denied them their overtime wages and endangered the safety of minor-aged workers.