Posts Tagged ‘Backpay’

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. ...
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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 ...
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 ...
May
2013
20

Abused Mentally Disabled Workers to Receive a Fraction of Initial Backpay Settlement Due to Federal Punishment Caps

A recent landmark verdict which awarded $240 million to 32 mentally disabled plant workers in Iowa has been almost entirely wiped out due to federal caps regulated under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The new total is $1.6 million, according to the Associated Press: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Henry’s Turkey...