Firm Fined for Underpaying Workers
A Farmingdale, New York company was found guilty of multiple labor and wage law violations by a U.S. District Court last month, and has been ordered to pay its workers almost $120,000 in back wages and the same amount in damages. The charges were brought by the U.S. Labor Department based on a 1997 investigation of the practices of the Vidtape company between 1995 and 1996. The investigation revealed that the company's owners had paid sixty-seven mostly Indian and Central American immigrant workers below minimum wage, did not pay them the required time-and-a-half for the twenty to thirty hours of weekly overtime they routinely worked, destroyed payroll records, and violated child labor laws.
See CARRIE MASON-DRAFFEN, Newsday, April 11, 2002