More than 20 Boston Market restaurants in New Jersey have been temporarily closed by state labor regulators after they discovered many violations of workers’ rights, including more than $600,000 in unpaid wages for 314 workers.
The Department of Labor issued a stop-work order to 27 businesses in New Jersey on Tuesday. In addition, the state fined the company around $2.6 million.
On Thursday, The Associated Press emailed Boston Market’s corporate office in Golden, Colorado, asking for a statement. According to the website for Boston Market, there are 310 locations around the country and 31 in New Jersey.
Labor officials reported that the corporation has asked for a hearing to contest the state’s conclusions, but no date for the hearing has been set. According to state officials, the inquiry started in November after a worker at a Mercer County restaurant complained to the labor department.
Since then, approximately thirty more complaints mentioning other Boston Market locations in New Jersey have been received.
The labor department’s initial findings included citations for failure to pay the minimum wage, failing to keep accurate records, failing to pay earned sick leave, and obstructing the investigation.