News Releases

February 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Tennessee Construction Contractor Paying $195,193 for Wage and Benefit Violations

BRISTOL, TN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Frizzell Construction Co. Inc. – based in Bristol, Tennessee – will pay $195,193 in back wages, and fringe benefits to 27 employees for violating requirements of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA), the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Florida Warrantee Company Paying $89,866 in Back Wages to 138 Employees For Overtime Violations

CLEARWATER, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Advanced Marketing & Processing Inc. – a warrantee insurance company based in Clearwater, Florida – has paid $89,866 in back wages to 138 employees for violations of the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Overtime Violations At Georgia Lighting Distribution Center

JEFFERSON, GA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Hubbell Inc. – a lighting manufacturer based in Shelton, Connecticut – will pay $138,753 in back wages and liquidated damages to 829 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at its distribution facility in Jefferson, Georgia.

February 19, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Hawaii Trucking Company Paying $59,888 to 12 Employees for Wage Violations

HONOLULU, HI – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Edwin De Luz Trucking & Gravel LLC – a trucking company based in Waimea, Hawaii – has paid $59,888 in back wages and liquidated damages to 12 employees for violating overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 19, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Federal Court Ordering Owner of Maryland Hotels to Pay $163,590 in Back Wages and Liquidated Damages to 34 Current and Former Employees

EDGEWOOD, md – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland has entered a consent judgment ordering hotel owner and manager Akhilbhai Patel to pay $78,575 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 34 current and former employees at two Edgewood, Maryland locations. The Department also assessed Patel a $6,440 civil money penalty due to the willful nature of the violations.

February 19, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Florida Tomato Packing Company Paying $87,920 to 109 Employees in Back Wages

PALMETTO, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Utopia Fresh South LLC – operating as Taylor & Fulton Packing LLC in Palmetto, Florida – has paid $87,920 in back wages to 109 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 19, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Court Ordering a Pennsylvania Hair Salon to Pay $40,000 to Stylist Fired after Report of Health and Safety Hazards

KENNETT SQUARE, PA - After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has entered a consent judgment ordering Blown Away Dry Bar and Salon – based in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania – to pay a $40,000 settlement to a fired hair stylist. The legal action resolves a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor.

February 19, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Imposes Fine on Motion Picture Company for Failing to Adequately Protect Stuntmen from On-Set Hazards

ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Eye Productions Inc. for failing to protect employees from hazards while filming a television show in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. Proposed penalties total $9,472.

February 15, 2019

Pennsylvania Restaurants to Pay $1 Million in Back Wages, Damages, and Penalties following U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Two Philadelphia restaurants, J.H.S.K, Inc. and Osaka Japan Restaurant, Inc., both doing business as Osaka, and their owner, have agreed to a consent judgment ordering them to pay $935,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 201 employees for willful violations of the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employers must also pay a $65,000 civil money penalty. The consent judgment must be approved by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

February 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in California Horse Training Facilities Paying $1,270,683 in Back Wages and Damages to 30 Employees

OAKLAND, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), EWC & Associates Inc. – a Northern California owner and operator of two horse training facilities – will pay $1,270,683 in back wages and damages to 30 employees for multiple work visa program and wage violations.

February 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Closes Worker Housing and Issues Fines After Finding Oregon Farmworkers in Squalid Living Quarters

PORTLAND, OR – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Vasquez Family Services – a farm labor contractor – and housing provider Jorge Vasquez were assessed $35,000 in civil penalties after violations of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA) left farm workers living in squalid living conditions at their facility in Silverton, Oregon. Vasquez Family Living Services will pay $30,000 in civil penalties for the violations, and housing provider Jorge Vasquez will pay $5,000.

February 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Judge Ordering Minnesota Tech Company to Pay Engineer $43,366 in Back Wages For H-1B Visa Program Violations

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Administrative Law Judge Theresa Timlin has issued an order requiring TLC Precision Wafer Technologies Inc. – based in Minneapolis, Minnesota – to pay a former employee $43,366 in back wages for violating the labor provisions of the H-1B visa program. Additionally, the company has been ordered to pay pre-judgment and post-judgement interest.

February 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Two Indiana Restaurants Paying $162,254 in Back Wages and Damages to 12 Employees

BLOOMINGTON, IN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Ji Enterprises will pay $81,127 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 12 current and former employees at two of its Bloomington, Indiana, restaurants – Restaurant Ami and Toto's Uncle.

February 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Finds Overtime and Transportation Safety Violations by Oceanside, California, Agricultural Company

SAN DIEGO, CA – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, Sundance Natural Foods Company – based in Oceanside, California – will pay $13,641 in back wages to 45 employees for unpaid overtime as a result of violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Migrant and Seasonal Worker Protection Act (MSPA). Additionally, the company was assessed $5,130 in civil penalties.

February 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in U.S. District Court Ordering Utah Drywall Company to Pay $100,000 in Back Wages and Damages for Labor Law Violations

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – After an investigation by the U.S. Department Of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah has ordered Metal Rock Construction Inc. to pay $50,000 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 86 employees for violating the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Recognized for IT Modernization

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor received a “Best in Scorecard Category” award from MeriTalk for its IT modernization efforts. The award is based on the Department’s most recent Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard.

February 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Educational Forum Webinar to Discuss Wage Laws and Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program

DES MOINES, IA ­- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will present an educational forum about developments in its policies and regulations and its Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program (PAID), during a February 19, 2019, webinar for Iowa and Nebraska employers. PAID facilitates resolution of potential overtime and minimum wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

February 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigations Find Federal Contractors Owe $255,474 to Employees Working on Indiana Housing Project

GARY, IN – After a U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division investigation, four contractors working on the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Village of Hope housing project in Gary, Indiana, will pay 53 current and former employees a total of $255,474 for violating the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

WHD investigators determined the contractors failed to pay the correct prevailing wages and fringe benefits.

February 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor and Dimeo Construction Partner to Promote Workplace Safety During North Kingstown Construction Project

PROVIDENCE, RI – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Dimeo Construction Company have established a strategic partnership to promote workplace safety for the General Dynamics Electric Boat Universal Buildings 9A/9B construction project in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

February 14, 2019

West Virginia Coal Mine Operator Pays $1,435,028 in Back Wages and Damages Following U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

PRINCETON, WV– The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia has entered a consent judgment against XMV Inc. - operator of three underground coal mines – following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) that found XMV violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).