News Releases

August 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Owner of Five Central Florida Hotels Paying $23,368 in Back Wages and Damages to Employees

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Michael Andoniades – the owner of five St. Petersburg, Florida, hotels – has paid $23,368 in back wages and liquidated damages to 30 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The five St. Petersburg hotels involved in the investigation are:

August 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes a Rule Clarifying Civil Rights Protections for Religious Organizations

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking intended to clarify the civil rights protections afforded to religious organizations that contract with the federal government. The proposed rule ensures that conscience and religious freedom are given the broadest protection permitted by law.

August 13, 2019

U.S. Labor Department Investigation Results in Colorado Company Paying Back Wages, Damages For Wage Violations in Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, PA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Huwa Enterprises – an environmental restoration company based in Keenesburg, Colorado – paid $9,174 in back wages, and an equal amount in liquidated damages for violating the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) while performing reclamation services on pipelines in western Pennsylvania.

August 13, 2019

Federal Contractor Agrees to Pay $175,000 To Settle Alleged Hiring Discrimination

PORTLAND, OR – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and Conduent Commercial Solutions LLC – formerly CSG Xerox World – have entered into a conciliation agreement by which the federal contractor has agreed to pay $175,000 in back wages to resolve claims of systemic hiring discrimination at its Portland, Oregon facility.

August 13, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Pennsylvania Manufacturer Paying $358,040 in Back Wages, Damages and Penalties

PHILADELPHIA, PA - In a settlement reached with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Havpak Inc. will pay $158,230 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 126 employees after a WHD investigation found overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at its facilities in King of Prussia and Malvern, Pennsylvania. The Erie, Pennsylvania-based packaging, assembly, and manufacturing employer will also pay a civil money penalty of $41,580 for the willfulness of the violations.

August 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites California Production Company After Two Employees Suffer Injuries While Filming in Georgia

NORCROSS, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Garden Films Productions LLC – based in Culver City, California – for failing to protect employees from hazards while filming a movie. Proposed penalties total $9,472.

August 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Los Angeles Business Owner Paying $58,695 to 27 Employees for Overtime Violations

LOS ANGELES, CA – Barbara Batiste – a desserts and catering business owner in Los Angeles, California – will pay $58,695 to 27 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

August 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Syracuse, New York, Restaurants Paying $184,000 in Back Wages and Damages to 103 Employees

SYRACUSE, NY – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), GV Foods Inc. has paid $92,007 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 103 current and former employees at its Syracuse, New York, restaurants – Peppino’s Neapolitan Express, Honey Cafe, and Peppino’s Pizzeria. The investigation found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

August 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Launches Online Help Desk to Provide Compliance Assistance to Federal Contractors and Stakeholders

WASHINGTON, DC Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) launched the Contractor Assistance Portal, an online help desk to provide enhanced compliance assistance to federal contractors and stakeholders. The virtual online helpdesk is part of a broad push by the U.S. Department of Labor to provide innovative compliance assistance to job creators.

August 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $17,266 in Back Wages and Damages After Investigation of Tampa-Area Restaurant

DUNEDIN, FL – Falzon Management Corp. – a restaurant operating as Kelly’s Chic-a-Boom Room in Dunedin, Florida – has paid $17,266 in back wages and liquidated damages to 48 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

August 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites New Jersey Landscaper After Two Employees Succumb to Carbon Monoxide Exposure

CRESSKILL, NJ - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited AJR Landscaping Inc. – based in Cresskill, New Jersey – for exposing employees to carbon monoxide (CO) after two workers succumbed to the toxic gas.

August 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Florida Restaurant Paying $28,998 in Back Wages, Damages, and Penalties for Wage Violations

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Lallos441 LLC – the operator of Lallos Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida – has paid $17,443 in back wages and liquidated damages to 25 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employer also paid $11,555 in civil money penalties for the willful nature of the violations.

August 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Georgia Countertop Manufacturer For Amputation, Silica, and Other Safety and Health Hazards

DECATUR, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Atlanta Kitchen LLC for exposing employees to amputation, silica, and other safety and health hazards at its Decatur, Georgia, manufacturing facility. The countertop manufacturer faces $132,604 in penalties.

August 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Roofing Company For Exposing Employees to Fall and Other Safety Hazards

PALMETTO, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Brad McDonald Roofing & Construction Inc. for exposing employees to fall and other safety hazards at two Florida construction sites in Lutz and Palmetto. The residential and commercial roofing work company faces $274,215 in penalties.

August 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $2 Million to Cornell University To Help Increase Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has announced the awarding of $2 million to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, for the first year of a 4-year cooperative agreement to operate an employer-focused disability policy development and technical assistance center. This center will build upon the prior work of ODEP’s Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN).

August 9, 2019

CORRECTED: U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Ombudsman For Federal Contract Compliance Programs

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the appointment of the Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Ombudsman, Marcus Stergio. OFCCP first announced its plan to implement an Ombudsman in September 2018 in Directive (DIR 2018-09).

August 9, 2019

South Florida Restaurant to Pay $88,074 in Wages to 8 Employees After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Uncovers Violations

COOPER CITY, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), South China Restaurant – based in Cooper City, Florida – will pay $88,074 in wages to eight employees for violating minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

August 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards National Dislocated Worker Grant for Disaster Response after Severe Storms and Flooding in Arkansas

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today approved Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) funding of up to $5,411,294, with $1,803,765 released initially, for the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services. This funding assists with the assessment of workforce needs in response to the storms and flooding of May 2019. 

August 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Georgia Manufacturer for Amputation, Combustible Dust, and Other Workplace Hazards

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Optima Stantron Corp., a subsidiary of Elma Electronic Inc., for exposing employees to amputation, combustible dust, and other safety and health hazards at the Lawrenceville, Georgia, manufacturing facility. The designer and manufacturer of electronic cabinets faces $161,020 in penalties.

August 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds South Jersey Wholesale Produce Supplier Failed to Correct Prior Workplace Hazards

PLEASANTVILLE, NJ – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Paris Produce Inc. for failing to correct workplace hazards identified during an August 2017 investigation at the wholesale supplier’s facility in Pleasantville, New Jersey. The company faces $236,089 in penalties.