Through a statement, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development indicated that approximately 27 restaurants belonging to the Boston Market chain they were closed after irregularities in the payments of their workers.
In this regard, Joseph Petrecca, assistant commissioner of NJDOL’s Wage and Hour and Contract Enforcement Division, noted that “with restaurants across the country, Boston Market needs to set a better example of fair treatment for its workers“, said.
According to the report, “multiple violations of workers’ rights” were found in the premises, for that reason. the chain was fined approximately $2.6 million, which it will now have to pay.
The Department of Labor determined that more than 314 workers owed $600,000 in back pay, $1.2 million in liquidated damages; $570,000 in administrative fees and finesthe employees would have filed complaints against the restaurant chain.
For its part, Boston Market has not ruled on the matter, however the NJDOL stressed that the order can only be lifted “when the back wages and remaining fines have been paid and all related problems have been resolved”, meanwhile, The premises will continue to be monitored with fines and if they open they will have to pay $5,000 dollars.
Since it was acquired in 2021 by Engage Brands, the Boston Market restaurant chain has struggled, since then he has been dealing with a lawsuit from the food distributor US Foods for about $12 million dollars.
In addition to unpaid bills for about $11 million dollars, and payment problems for homeowners in Massachusetts and Arizona. A year ago Boston Market had more than 1,000 locations in the United Statesbut in recent months it has been reduced to only 300 locations.
Source: La Opinion