Wingstop Franchise Owners Charged With Violating Child Labor Laws And Other Regulations

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Rick Ross family company hit with over $100K in fines for violating child labor, other regulations at Wingstop locations – NBC News

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday that a company owned by rapper Rick Ross’ family had violated labor laws at five of its Wingstop locations in Mississippi.

Ross, who owns 10 Wingstop locations, said he gifted one of the franchises to his son for his 16th birthday. Wingstop did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Department of Labor’s investigation found that 244 workers were paid less than the federal minimum wage and that a 15-year-old employee worked past 10 p.m. on multiple occasions.

The DOL alleges that some Boss Wings franchises were paying workers less than $7.25/hour after deductions for uniforms, basic safety training, background checks and cash register shortages.

Rick Ross’ company, Boss Wings Enterprises LLC, has been fined by the Department of Labor for labor law violations at five of these Wingstop franchise locations in Mississippi.

Boss Wings Enterprises is a family affair, and Ross’ sister Tawanda Roberts and mother Tommie Roberts are listed as the registered agents. A Wingstop spokesperson told news source USA TODAY that the company was not aware of the DOL action against Boss Wings LLC.

The DOL recovered $51,674 in wages owed to 244 workers and fined the franchise company $62,753 in civil penalties after investigating violations of minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping laws.

To learn more updates on this story, please consider the news outlets listed below to stay in the know.

  1. Rick Ross family company hit with over $100K in fines for violating child labor, other regulations at Wingstop locations  NBC News
  2. Rick Ross’ Co. Hit with Big Fine Over Labor Violations at Wingstops  TMZ
  3. Wingstop locations operated by Rick Ross’ family fined over $100000 for labor violations  USA TODAY
  4. Rick Ross Fined for Labor Law Violations at Mississippi Wingstop Locations  Pitchfork
  5. Feds fine Mississippi Wingstop stores run by family of rapper Rick Ross  WLOX
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