The Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor has punished Rick Ross and his family for a number of infractions at several Wingstop outlets they own and operate in Mississippi.
The Wage and Hour Division (DOLWHD) of the Department of Labor reported on August 11 that it had amassed $114,427 “in overdue pay, liquidated damages and civil penalties” from five Wingstop outlets run by Boss Wing Enterprises in the state (Aug. 16). In addition to recovering $51,674 in back pay and liquidated damages for 244 employees, $62,753 in civil money penalties were also assessed.
Feds fine rapper Rick Ross.
The five Wingstop sites in Mississippi that the labor department found to be illegally withholding money from workers’ paychecks, leaving some with take-home pay less than $7.25 an hour, are owned by the family of rapper Rick Ross, which also owns several Wingstop franchisees.
The Mississippi stores, operated by Boss Wing Enterprises, are accused by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division of forcing workers to pay for uniforms, safety training, background checks, and even cash register shortages.
Director of Jackson’s Wage and Hour Division Audrey Hall stated in a statement, “Restaurants industry employees work hard, frequently for low wages, and many depend on every dollar earned to make ends meet.” The law forbids Boss Wing Enterprises LLC from passing along operating costs to employees or allowing a worker’s salary to be less than the legal minimum.
Who is Rick Ross?
American rapper and record executive William Leonard Roberts II, better known by his stage name Rick Ross, was born on January 28, 1976.
Ross was the object of a bidding war before he released his debut single, “Hustlin’,” in 2006; offers came from Irv Gotti’s Murder Inc. and Diddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment, and Ross eventually agreed to a lucrative deal with Jay-Z on Def Jam Recordings. Later that year, Ross signed with the label and released Port of Miami, which debuted at the top of the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart and sold 187,000 units in its first week. Ross’ second studio album, Trilla, was released in 2008 and again debuted at the top of the Billboard 200.
The early life of Rick Ross
William Leonard Roberts II was raised in Carol City, Florida, after being born in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
He received a football scholarship to attend the historically black university Albany State University after completing his senior year at Miami Carol City Senior High School. Roberts held the position of a corrections officer for 18 months, from December 1995 to June 1997, when he resigned.
What happened with Rick Ross?
On August 11, the Department of Labor’s Pay and Hours Division (DOLWHD) reported that it had obtained $114,427 from five Wingstop restaurants run by Boss Wing Enterprises, XXL in the state “in back wages, liquidated damages, and civil penalties.” I discovered it on Tuesday (August 16). 244 workers received back pay of $51,674 and liquidated damages, as well as a civil penalty assessment of $62,753.
Among the violations are improperly making employees pay for background checks, school uniforms, safety training, and cash records. This has occasionally led to some employees’ average hourly salaries falling below the $7.25 federal minimum wage.
The owners of the website have also been charged with failing to maintain accurate records of the hours worked by their employees and any wage deductions, according to DOLWHD. The investigation also revealed that Boss Wings frequently permitted a 15-year-old worker to work past 10 o’clock in June. The law forbids children ages 14 and 15 from working after 7 o’clock
Statements by Wage and Hour Division District Director Audrey Hall
In Jackson, Mississippi, Audrey Hall, district director of the Wage and Hour Division, stated that employees in the restaurant business “work hard, frequently for low salaries, and many depend on every dollar earned to make ends meet.
The law prohibits Boss Wing 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 compensation to fall below the minimum wage rate,” reads a statement from the company.
Who are the owners of Boss Wings Enterprises LLC in Mississippi?
The owners of Boss Wings Enterprises LLC in Mississippi are stated as Rick Ross, his mother Tommie Roberts, and their sister Tawanda Roberts. According to reports, the Miami rapper frequently advertises Wingstop in his lyrics and supposedly owns close to 30 Wingstop locations around the country.
According to company documents submitted to the state of Mississippi, Tawanda Roberts, the rapper’s elder sister and assistant who is from Clarksdale, is described as the registered agent and manager of Boss Wings Enterprises LLC. Tommie Roberts, his mother, is also listed. Over the past ten years, the Ross family has increased the number of Wingstop sites.
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