DOL Investigation Leads to Prison Term
The owner of a Danbury-based cleaning business has been sentenced to jail and ordered to make full restitution for wages owed seven of his former employees, the result of an investigation by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Workplace Standards Division.
The owner was charged with a Class D felony for violation of the state’s wage payment laws and ordered to serve three months jail time in addition to five years probation. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the seven workers in the amount of $106,965, which includes nearly $27,000 in interest.
According to the agency, the employees filed complaints with the DOL after they were not paid for hours worked, including overtime. A wage enforcement agent began investigating the employee complaints when the business closed and the workers were unable to contact the owner for payment. The DOL was unable to settle the matter and a decision was made to issue an arrest warrant through the court system.
The agency says it recovered more than $5.5 million this past year for employees who failed to receive compensation for hours worked.
Learn more at CBIA’s Nov. 28 program, The Ins and Outs of Wage and Hour Issues. Details
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