After an investigation uncovered serious safety violations, failure to pay minimum wage and required overtime compensation, and failures to comply with the H-2B visa regulations, the U.S. DOL has ordered C.J.'s Seafood to pay nearly $250,000 in fines and back wages.
The safety violations included chemical and electrical hazards, failure to equip the facility with fire extinguishers or emergency eyewash stations, and blocked exists, among others.
The Wage and Hour Division found that the company failed to pay the required overtime rates, made improper deductions from employee pay for items such as safety gear, and failed to maintain proper records.
The company was also found to have violated the H-2B visa regulations by failing to pay the required prevailing wage to its workers and by making false statements regarding its temporary need for workers.
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