A Mississippi franchise operator of five chicken wing restaurant chains was illegally deducting money from workers’ wages and violating child labor regulations, according to the US Department of Labor.
Boss Wings Enterprises LLC in Southaven, which is owned by the family of rapper Rick Ross, was ordered to pay nearly $115,000 in back wages, damages and civil penalties to workers at its Wing Stop franchises after the US Department of Labor has found several violations. of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Wing Stop is a multinational restaurant chain based in Addison, Texas, specializing in chicken wings.
The company has been charging employees for uniforms, safety training, background checks and cash register shortages, according to a new department release Aug. 11. He said the company also breached child labor regulations by allowing a 15-year-old employee to work multiple times after 10 p.m. in June 2021.
The northern Mississippi franchise owner has dropped average hourly rates for some employees below the federal minimum wage of $7.25, he said. The violations were discovered during an investigation by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. Boss Wings was forced to reimburse wages and damages for 244 workers as a result of the findings, the department said.
“Restaurant industry employees work hard, often for low wages, and many depend on every dollar earned to make ends meet,” said Audrey Hall, district director of the wage and hour division, in Jackson, Mississippi. “The law prevents Boss Wing Enterprises LLC from transferring operating costs to workers.”
Tawanda Roberts, the rapper’s older sister, is listed in business records as the director of Boss Wings Enterprises. She did not immediately respond to a request for comment to her work email address.