Posts Tagged ‘Backpay’

Apr
2016
8

$187M Walmart Class Action Upheld; Precedent Strong for Paid Rest Breaks When Mandatory

$187M Walmart Class Action Upheld; Precedent Strong for Paid Rest Breaks When Mandatory
  The United States Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v Michelle Braun, a class action lawsuit which the retail giant was ordered to pay $187.6 million in backpay for rest breaks and off-the-clock work that the company’s policy mandated.  The court decision is a victory for workers, but [&hellip...
Sep
2014
4

Collecticut: $6.5M in Back Wages Recovered Over Past Year in CT, but Much Work Remains

Collecticut: $6.5M in Back Wages Recovered Over Past Year in CT, but Much Work Remains
  Over the past year, the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Wage and Workplace Standards Division recovered $6.5 million in back pay for workers.  While the organization has stepped up its efforts since the recession, the amount collected represents only a percentage of the wage theft that occurs in the Constitution State, according to the...
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Jul
2014
15

Massive Backpay Settlement for Pair of New York Insulators Who Worked School Projects

  New York based National Insulation will have to cough up $435,000 to two employees who performed work contracted through the Department of Education after several wage and hour fines were discovered. Francisco Ayala and Angel Ribadeneira performed insulation work on various projects in New York City schools between December of 2006 and...
Apr
2014
22

Clean Up on Aisle 1099: Louisiana Janitors Awarded $280,000 in Misclassification Backpay

  Some companies, as 1099 Compliance Blog explains, feel they are shielded from the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act due to their use of an outside hiring firm.  But as the case of a Louisiana janitorial service shows, backpacy can result from this unscrupulous fallacy. In the Louisiana case, misclassified employees were awarded...
Feb
2014
20

Illinois Contractor to Pay $400,000 in Back Wages Following Misclassification, Overtime Violations

Illinois Contractor to Pay $400,000 in Back Wages Following Misclassification, Overtime Violations
  Following an investigation by the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division, an Illinois contractor has been ordered to pay nearly $400,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 96 workers.  Norwood Commercial Contractors Inc. of Bensenville misclassified 16 workers as independent contractors while failing to properly compensate 80...
Feb
2014
12

“Essential Employees” Seek Liquidated Damages, Class Action Status in Suit Stemming from Govt Shutdown Paychecks

  When the government shut down in October, many employees still had to go to work knowing they wouldn’t be getting a regular paycheck.  Now, many of those employees have joined a lawsuit against the government seeking liquidated damages.  The workers were paid during the shutdown, but the payments may not have followed labor law....
Dec
2013
30

Chinese Buffet in Georgia Slapped with $2M in Backpay, Damages for Employee Misclassification

Chinese Buffet in Georgia Slapped with $2M in Backpay, Damages for Employee Misclassification
  The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that it will seek to recoup nearly $2 million in back wages and liquidated damages on behalf of 84 workers who were employed by Wang’s Partner Inc. The workers were misclassified as independent contractors while employed at the Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet in Jonesboro, Georgia.  Their...
Dec
2013
19

Wage Theft Whistleblower Turned Key Witness Deemed U Visa Eligible by Department of Labor

  Antonio Vanegas, a food court worker who became a labor activist when he spoke out against wage theft, has been granted authorization to work in the United States through October 2014 by the Department of Labor (DOL).  After blowing the whistle and participating in a one-day action organized by Good Jobs Nation, Vanegas was [&hellip...
Oct
2013
14

$664,000 Misclassification Decision Levied on Unscrupulous Sacramento Landscaper

  The California Labor Commissioner’s Office has announced that Sacramento based Green Valley Landscaping must pay $664,000 in back wages and fines to 43 workers.  The investigation, launched in May of 2012, discovered that Green Valley had 43 workers despite claiming only 10 on its payroll records. The other 33 were being...
Sep
2013
5

CA Labor Commissioner Hands Down Massive $8M Prevailing Wage Settlement

CA Labor Commissioner Hands Down Massive $8M Prevailing Wage Settlement
  $8 million in back wages will be delivered to workers who performed work on the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel according to California labor commissioner Julie Su.   The 2,051 workers were employed by Hensel Phelps Construction Company and 172 subcontractors between 2006 and 2008.  The Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement found...
Aug
2013
27

Providence Waste Service Workers Seek Up to a Decade Worth of Prevailing Wage Backpay

  In Providence, American Waste Services (AWS) employees thought they were making a decent wage, but when they realized they were owed prevailing wages — some for up to ten years — the context for their contentment changed.  Now, 20 workers, mostly immigrants from Colombia and Guatemala, are involved in a wage theft lawsuit with...
Jun
2013
11

Austin, TX JW Marriott Contractor Refusing to Pay Prevailing Wages, $5,000 in Backpay

  JW Marriott needs to give its contractors a lesson in battle-picking. The ongoing saga of the company’s new Austin, Texas construction has now been boiled down one $5,000 check. A check, comprised of backpay for 13 workers, that the company doesn’t want to write. The deadline for White Lodging — the contractor on the...