Nailed: A fraud prevention and compliance blog

Written by Elizabeth Smith,
L&I's Assistant Director for
Fraud Prevention and
Labor Standards

Sep. 7, 2012

Wage theft, child labor — Feds crack down on local violators

Wage and hour laws, along with other employment standards, are on the books to ensure workers are paid fairly and children are protected from exploitation. Two recent cases right here in Washington State demonstrate that these laws are still needed.

In Whatcom County, a berry farm and a labor contractor both agreed to pay fines for violations of federal laws on child labor and minimum wage.

In a case involving DirecTV and a Kent contractor, the U.S. Department of Labor is suing over allegations that both companies failed to pay overtime or minimum wage.

We will follow that case and report back on the outcome.

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