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DOL: Baby Vision tried to silence workers, thwart probe

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has obtained a restraining order against BabyVision Inc. in Poughkeepsie after workers reported being threatened and intimidated by the company’s two owners.

The alleged hardball tactics emerged after investigators from the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) attempted to speak to em-ployees of the infant clothing maker concerning possible Fair Labor Standards Act violations.

According to WHD investigators, one owner instructed employees to hide from the investigators and told others to provide false information about the hours they worked and the company’s time keeping practices. He also allegedly threatened to fire employees who cooperated with the investigators.

The restraining order bars Baby­­Vision and its owners from terminating, retaliating or discriminating against employees they believe have spoken with or will speak to WHD investigators. They may not instruct employees to not speak with investigators or provide false information to investigators.

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