The US Department of Labor (USDOL) has obtained a temporary restraining order enjoining a Poughkeepsie business and its owners from intimidating and retaliating against any of their employees who are cooperating in a federal investigation. The department’s Wage and Hour Division began an investigation of BabyVision Inc. in July 2014 to determine if the business complied with the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Soon after the investigation began, BabyVision Inc. employees reported to investigators that the company vice president of finance and part owner instructed some employees to hide from the division’s investigators and instructed others to provide false information about their work hours and the company’s timekeeping procedures. It was also reported that this vice president threatened the employees with termination of employment if they cooperated with the division’s investigation.
The temporary restraining order prohibits BabyVision Inc. and its management from terminating employment; retaliating or discriminating against employees they believe have spoken with or will speak to Wage and Hour Division investigators; instructing employees to not speak with or to provide false information to investigators; and obstructing the investigation. In addition, the order requires the defendants to allow an agency representative to provide employees with an oral and written statement about their right to speak with investigators without fear of retaliation and provide the agency with a written notice at least seven days in advance of the termination of any worker’s employment.
For more information about the FLSA and other federal wage laws, visit the Wage and Hour Division’s website at http://www.dol.gov/whd.