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Wage violations lead to $422,152 of back wage recovery

Several farms in California have been found to be in violation of federal wage laws. According to the Labor Department's investigation, there were widespread violations of the labor provisions of the H-1A visa program as well as the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act. Several of these violations occurred at five Santa Maria farms. Others occurred in Fresno, San Luis Obispo and Oxnard.

During the investigation, it was discovered that the violation included failing to pay the required minimum wage, failing to issue paychecks and failing to provide safe housing. Some companies are accused of failing to provide safe transportation for workers and unlawfully rejecting the hire of U.S. workers.

As a result of the violations, the farming operations were issued $85,168 in civil penalties and were forced to pay $422,152 in back wages to their employees.

This is an extreme example of wage and hour violations, but it's a good one to talk about. When an employer isn't issuing paychecks, fails to make payments to employees and won't pay minimum wage, that's a real problem that has to be brought to the attention of the law. Whether that means reaching out to an attorney for a personal case or reaching out to the Department of Labor, it's important that the correct authorities are made aware of the violations that are taking place.

No one deserves to work for nothing. If your wages are unfairly withheld, or you don't receive payment, you can speak out. If you are working, you should be paid fairly by your employer for all hours worked.

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