The Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor has fined five Wingstop locations operated by Rick Ross in Mississippi for a number of violations.
According to TMZ, five stores owned by the Florida rapper’s company Boss Wing Enterprises have paid the U.S. Department of Labor $114,427 “in back wages, liquidated damage, and civil penalties.”
The aforementioned is said to have included Ross, his mother Tommie Roberts, his older sister Tawanda Roberts, as employees of Boss Wings Enterprises LLC.
Per the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, the stores required employees to pay for uniforms, safety training, background checks, and even cash register shortages. The department also claims that Boss Wing Enterprises is in violation of child labour laws after discovering that a 15-year-old worked illegally past 10 o’clock last summer.
In a statement, Audrey Hall, district director of the Wage and Hour Division in Jackson, Mississippi, said:
“Restaurant industry employees work hard, often for low wages, and many depend on every dollar earned to make ends meet. The law prevents Boss Wing Enterprises LLC from shifting operating costs to workers…or to allow a worker’s pay to fall below the minimum wage rate.”
A spokesperson for WIngstop told Mississippi Today:
“The restaurants investigated by the DOL are owned and operated by a franchisee, not Wingstop Restaurants Inc. Our franchise agreement requires all of our franchisees to operate under our operating standards, which requires compliance with all laws and regulations,” the rep said. “We were not previously aware of the DOL action against Boss Wings LLC.”
As of press time, reps for Boss Wing Enterprises LLC have declined to make a statement upon enquiry.
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