Sixty four workers at a Louisiana seafood processing plant have received $52,750 in minimum and overtime back wages after the company, Harvest Time Seafood Inc. was found to have violated the overtime, minimum wage and record-keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the H-2B provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. An investigation determined that the company paid its employees on a piece-rate basis, resulting in wages falling below the prevailing wage rates required for workers under the H-2B program. The company also made illegal deductions for the costs of visas, travel, subsistence and the loss or damage of tools and gear from employee paychecks, resulting in minimum wage violations under the FLSA.
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