The U.S. Department of Labor yesterday issued the latest edition of its Garment Enforcement Report, a publication designed to provide retailers and consumers information about companies that violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay their employees the minimum wage or withholding overtime pay. Past reports are available online at http//www2.dol.gov/dol/esa/public/nosweat/nosweat.htm and are available to sensory impaired individuals on request by calling 202-219-7316.
The latest report boasts that the DOL recovered $636,191 in back wages for 1,290 garment workers during October-December 1998. "The Labor Department will continue to enforce laws making sure employees are paid the wages they have earned," said Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman. "The rate of violations in some U.S. garment shops is still unacceptable and we are constantly working to improve the level of compliance in this industry."
The report lists 35 contractors and 83 manufacturers who had been found to violate the Fair Labor Standards Act. The company found to have the most egregious violations was the New York City-based sewing shop Mott Street Production. Mott Street was forced to pay $142,010 in back wages to 58 employees after failing to pay them minimum wage and withholding overtime pay.