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.
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7/24/2015 Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence - In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force.
"Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices,
said Spillar. . . .