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Family business of Rick Ross fined over $100,000 for violating labor laws

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The US Department of Labor announced Thursday that a company owned by the family of rapper Rick Ross has been fined for labor violations at five of its Wingstop locations in Mississippi.

According to the Labor Department, Boss Wings Enterprises LLC required employees to pay for uniforms, safety training, background checks and cash register shortages, causing some employees’ hourly wages to plummet. below the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

The franchisee also breached child labor regulations by allowing a 15-year-old to work multiple times after 10 p.m. in June 2021, breaking standards prohibiting 14- and 15-year-olds from working after 7 p.m. on June 1 to Labor Day, depending on the department.

The department’s investigation recovered $51,674 in back wages for 244 workers and $62,753 in civil fines from Boss Wings Enterprises LLC.

“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 at Jackson, Mississippi, in a statement.

“The law prevents Boss Wing Enterprises LLC from transferring operating costs to workers by deducting uniform costs, cash register shortages, or training expenses, or allowing a worker’s wage to fall below the rate minimum wage,” Hall added.

Ross reportedly owned 10 Wingstop locations in 2016 through his company, Boss Wings Enterprises LLC. He said on Instagram last year that he had given one of the franchises to his son for his 16th birthday. The rapper’s sister, Tawanda Roberts, is listed as CEO of Boss Wings Enterprises LLC in public records.

Wingstop, a Texas-based fast food company, operates approximately 1,400 locations worldwide. The company has yet to publicly comment on the matter.

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