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A complaint filed with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) by a worker at the Boston Market in Hamilton has led to stop work orders at 27 New Jersey locations according to a recent announcement by the state agency.
NJDOL says that on August 14 they issued the 27 stop-work orders to Boston Market restaurant locations statewide after finding multiple violations of workers’ rights, including more than $600,000 in back wages owed to 314 workers.
In November 2022, a worker at the Boston Market located at 770 Route 33 in Hamilton filed a complaint with the NJDOL’s Division of Wage and Hour and Contract Compliance.
In the nine months since that initial complaint, nearly three dozen additional complaints have been received by NJDOL naming numerous Boston Market locations across the state. The agency’s initial findings included citations for: unpaid/late payment of wages, hindrance of the investigation, failure to pay minimum wage, records violations, failure to pay earned sick leave, and failure to maintain records for earned sick leave.
Boston Market, 301 S. Main Road, Vineland is one of the 27 locations under the stop-work order.