Rossman Fruit and Vegetable, a Brooklyn discount greengrocer, agreed to pay $675,000 in back wages to 222 employees to settle a U.S. Labor Department lawsuit. The settlement covers payments below minimum wage and unpaid time-and-a-half for overtime hours from 2001 to 2005. According to the Labor Department, some employees were underpaid by $20,000.
Final note: Unpaid-wage lawsuits are hot. Make sure your hourly employees don’t work off the clock during breaks or after hours. Remember, it doesn’t matter if you authorized the additional work or not—if you benefited, you’re on the hook.