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U.S. Department of Labor

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2014

    Happy Labor Day! Houston Has More Workplace Fatalities Than Other Texas Cities

    Friday marked the end of the national Labor Rights Week, which takes place every year during the last week of August leading up to Labor Day. But Houston as a city isn't in the best position when it comes to worker safety. Labor Rights Week -- organized by the U.S. Department of Labor in conjunct ... More >>

  • News

    January 16, 2014

    After Controversy in Houston, a Yoga Guru Resurrects His Practice in Denver

    John Friend built a yoga empire in Houston that came crashing down in 2012 amid allegations of financial mismanagement, an affair with a married student and Wiccan rituals. Now he’s resurfaced in Denver.

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Labor Department Forces Houston Clinic to Pay Employee's Back Wages

    The U.S. Department of Labor has cited Houston Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic, LLP, for screwing an employee out of their rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act, and has ordered the clinic to pay $17,390 in back wages and other expenses. The investigation found that, when the employee returned fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    OSHA Fines Tomball's Pigs Unlimited International Inc. for 19 Violations

    A Tomball company's fat is in the fire with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Health and Safety Administration, so to speak. The company, Pigs Unlimited International Inc., a foam and polyurethane pig manufacturer (we're talking about a piece of equipment sent up pipelines, not actual pig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Unpaid Tips and Wages in Restaurants: How Common Is It?

    Many waiters struggle to recover unpaid wages from current and previous employers.​This past Saturday night, the waitstaff and general manager at Ruggles walked out and shut down the restaurant, alleging non-payment of tips over more than a year's time. That came after news that Brasserie 19 i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Local Taqueria Chain in Trouble with Department of Labor, Agrees to Pay Over $275,000 to Employees

    Pinche burger? How about paying the pinche minimum wage to your employees, Taconmadre?​Longtime Houstonians may know Taqueria Taconmadre as a solid local chain, as a good place to grab tacos into the wee hours of the night. But the U.S. Department of Labor knows Taconmadre as the subject of it ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010
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    June 1, 2010

    Janet Civitelli: How Not To Be Young & Recessioned

    ‚ÄčToday's installment of Young & Recessioned features Janet Civitelli, associate director of career services at the University of Houston, who helps college grads find jobs in a toughened job market. When the economy is booming, you can have mediocre job search skills and still land a job. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2008

    Houston In The `70s: Still Not Good Enough For Snobs

    We stumbled across a Time magazine article from 1970 with a startling headline: "Houston Seeks The Refugees." Times have changed. But maybe not -- the "refugees" in question were big corporations and their workforces, apparently eager to escape "the problem-plagued urban areas of the Northeast." ... More >>

  • News

    July 31, 2008
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    January 17, 2007
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    January 17, 2007

    Say It Ain't So!

    Sure, it's delicious, but at what price? One of our favorite late-night hangover busters just got popped by the U.S. Department of Labor for not paying its workers enough. La Tapatia, home of the best burrito al pastor money can buy at 2 a.m., has agreed to shell out $109,708 in back pay after an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2007
  • Blogs

    January 2, 2007

    Wait, So You're Supposed to Tip?

    No longer featuring Lu Ann wages. Luby's, the Houston-based hotspot for late-in-life, early-to-bed diners, recently agreed to pay out $366,864 in back wages to 1,680 current and former waiters, cashiers and checkers. Apparently there was some funny business going on with tip-pooling that, accordi ... More >>

  • News

    August 11, 2005

    Who Cares?

    Celester Hall went to Afghanistan to help the troops and make his fortune. He came back deaf, in diapers and looking for benefits.

  • News

    March 31, 2005

    Wretched Excess

    Sludge, spread across the land, makes some people vomit and others very rich

  • News

    February 26, 2004

    Spring Thaw

    There's actual good news for CITGO's battling refinery union

  • News

    October 30, 2003

    Behind the Happy Face

    Labor pains flare in a worker's fight with Wal-Mart

  • News

    June 5, 1997

    Between Friends

    A federal audit suggests the Lanier administration gave a sweetheart deal to one of the mayor's buddies -- then failed to ensure that taxpayers' money was properly spent.

  • News

    January 2, 1997

    Bad Boy In Blue

    Union head Hans Marticiuc (rhymes with wreck) takes aim at the police chief, the mayor, other labor leaders and anyone else who gets in his way

  • News

    October 31, 1996

    DisUnion

    Rent by charges of corruption and ineffective representation, Teamsters Local 988 may be driving itself to destruction

  • News

    October 24, 1996

    Mr. S.O.B.

    Rick's CEO Robert Watters wants to make sexually oriented businesses respectable. So why, in his adopted hometown, does he get no respect?

  • News

    April 25, 1996

    Feature

    Headline:The Case Against Hurwitz In one of the last big S&L cases from the '80s, two federal agencies are pursuing Charles Hurwitz over the failure of united Savings. And for once, Hurwitz may have no place to hide.

  • News

    April 18, 1996

    The Fire Next Time?

    Downsizing, outsourcing, deferred maintenance ... It all makes for a volatile mix at Baytown's Exxon refinery.

  • News

    May 26, 1994

    Hard Labor

    The employees of Allied Fibers came to America looking for work and freedom. They found work.

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