☷US Department of Labor recovers $184K in back wages damages for 56 workers shortchanged by Naples restaurant
U.S. Department of Labor ( By Press Release office)
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The US Department of Labor has managed to get back $184 , 139 in unpaid wages and damages for 56 workers who were not properly paid by Sails Restaurant LLC in Naples . The restaurant was found to have violated various federal regulations regarding work programs and minimum wage laws . They misrepresented job requirements and denied certain workers access to higher - paying positions . They also failed to give proper notices and reimburse visa expenses for some workers . The department has imposed civil money penalties of $53 , 536 . The restaurant also illegally kept some workers ' tips and failed to pay one worker their last paycheck . The department will be hosting a webinar to educate employers in the hospitality industry about the Fair Labor Standards Act and H - 2B provisions . We ' ll also give you info about the requirements from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration , Equal Employment Opportunity Commission , and Employment and Training Administration Office of Foreign Labor Certification . The event is free , but you gotta register . The federal H - 2B visa program lets U . S . employers hire nonimmigrants for temporary nonagricultural work . The job must be for a limited time , like a one - time thing , seasonal work , or when there ' s a high demand . Sails Restaurant is a full - service eatery in Naples . It opened in February 2018 and has around 60 employees during peak season . If you want more info about the FLSA and other laws enforced by the Wage and Hour Division , call their toll - free helpline at 866 - 4US - WAGE ( 487 - 9243 ) . You can talk to them confidentially and they can help you in over 200 languages . To learn more about the Wage and Hour Division , including a tool to check if you ' re owed back wages , download their timesheet app . It ' s free and available in English and Spanish for Android and iOS devices . Use it to keep track of your hours and pay .
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