According to a statement made last week by the U.S. Department of Labor, a Wingstop franchise owned by the family of musician Rick Ross has paid $114,427 for a number of labor violations that occurred at five different locations in Mississippi.
The statement claims that Boss Wings Enterprises LLC used underage labor and forced workers to pay for a number of running expenses.
The Wage and Hours Division of the Department of Labor’s Audrey Hall stated in a statement that restaurant industry employees work hard, frequently for low wages, and many depend on every dollar earned to make ends meet.”
The law prohibits Boss Wings Enterprises LLC from shifting operational costs to workers by deducting the price of uniforms, cash register shortages, or training expenditures, or to allow a worker’s salary to fall below the minimum wage rate,” reads a statement from the company.
Ross’ mother is Tommie, and Tawanda is his sibling. William Leonard Roberts II is Ross’ full birth name. The Roberts family owns a Wingstop franchise, as has been previously reported by a number of media sites. Tawanda claimed to be “as hands-on as you are going to get” in Ross’ business dealings in a 2014 interview with Vibe. She claimed to have assisted Ross in securing a deal with Wingstop.
After business expenses were subtracted from their pay, the Department of Labor’s inquiry revealed that many employees were paid less than the $7.25 federal minimum hourly rate. In addition to $62,753 in fines, Boss Wings Enterprises LLC also paid $51,674 in back pay and damages to compensate 244 workers.
The investigation also uncovered that a 15-year-old worker repeatedly worked past 10 o’clock in June 2021, in violation of the ban on child labor. Wingstop representative said that all of its franchisees must adhere to their operational guidelines, which call for following all laws and regulations.
“The DOL lawsuit against Boss Wings LLC was previously unknown to us.” USA TODAY’s request for a response from Tawanda Roberts was not immediately reacted to. Ross posted a video of what appears to be an apology on Instagram on Wednesday.
Ross spoke into the camera, “When you operate a business, there will be blunders. However, as the biggest boss, you never commit the same error twice.