Monthly Archives: August 2022

California Labor Department – Wage Theft Claims and Judgments – June 2022

The California Department of Industrial Relations maintains a database of wage theft claims presented to the office by employees against individuals and corporations. California reported 174 judgments in June 2022, after excluding duplicates. The total value of all judgments was $6,638,263. The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) reported 3080 wage claims in June of 2022.

“Restaurants and Other Eating Places” lead as an industry category with 136 claims. When including “Full Service Restaurants” with 61 additional claims, this group category had 197 wage claims in June.

Department of Labor Collects $164,607,324 in FLSA Back Wages for Workers During Fiscal Year 2021

The United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, reported a total of $164.6 million in back wages collected for workers during fiscal year 2021 from two categories:  $138,674,500 collected for unpaid overtime, and $25,932,824 collected for failure to pay minimum wage. Both the minimum wage violations and overtime violations are for companies and individuals who violated the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Amazon Warehouses Under Federal Investigation by Department of Labor

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), within the United States Department of Labor, has opened an investigation into Amazon’s safety at their warehouses.  OSHA inspected warehouses for Amazon in Chicago, Orlando, and New York City. In a statement given to media, the Department of Labor said:

“OSHA received referrals from the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York regarding allegations of safety and health violations at several Amazon facilities.”

“Acting on the referrals, OSHA has opened inspections at Amazon workplaces in New York, Illinois and Florida.”