Five Mississippi Wingstop venues owned by rapper Rick Ross’ family will face more than $100,000 in fines for multiple violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The US Department of Labor has ordered Boss Wings Enterprises LLC to pay $114,427 in back wages, damages and civil penalties. The labor department said the operator of some of the multinational chain’s aviation-themed restaurants forced employees to pay for their uniforms, security training, background checks and cashier shortages.
In addition, researchers also found that Boss Wings violated child labor rules.
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Wingstop did not immediately respond to FOX Business’s request for comment. Representatives of Boss Wings Enterprises LLC could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.
According to officials, Boss Wings violated minimum wage violations because some employees’ average hourly rates fell below the federal minimum wage requirement of $7.25 after the franchisee deducted costs for uniforms and cash register shortages.
Deductions for employee safety training and background checks “also illegally lowered wages in weeks when employees were earning overtime, and led Boss Wings to pay overtime at lower rates than required by federal law,” according to the labor department.
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Investigators also found that in June 2021, a 15-year-old worker had worked multiple times after 10 p.m., in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) child labor rules, the labor department said. It is illegal for 14 and 15 year olds to work before 7am or after 7pm from June 1 through Labor Day.
Not only that, but Boss Wings also didn’t keep employee timesheets and payroll deductions at the five locations.
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“Restaurant industry workers work hard, often for low pay, and many depend on every dollar earned to make ends meet,” Audrey Hall, district director of the Mississippi-based Wage and Hour Division, said in a statement.
Wingstop is a Texas-based chain founded in 1994. It has more than 1,500 restaurants around the world.
In 2016, the Rick Ross family was reported to own at least nine Wingstop locations. Last year, Ross posted on Instagram that his son had been given one of their locations as a gift for his 16th birthday.
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