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Labor Department Wage and Hour Investigators Asleep at the Wheel

A new report by the GAO, Congress's watchdog agency, found that U.S. Department of Labor investigators frequently failed to investigate properly reports of non-payment of wages and other labor violations. The report found that in an astonishing 90 percent of cases, DOL investigators failed to respond appropriately to cases raised by undercover agents of the GAO. In one particularly egregious case, DOL investigators failed to respond to a complaint that teens were working during school hours at a meatpacking plant around dangerous machinery.

Read the coverage in the New York Times here.

Hilda Solis says she will take these findings seriously and will strive for a more aggressive approach. See her statement here.

See the full report here

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