Mississippi courts have fined Rick Ross for labour law violations at several branches of the rapper’s fast food chain ‘Wing Stop’. The Department of Labour recently found the rapper’s company guilty of violating minimum wage, overtime, and child labour regulations.
The American Department of Labour released a thorough statement declaring it has collected approximately $114,427 “in back-wages, liquidated damages and civil penalties.” Furthermore, this violation has occurred across five ‘Wing Stop’ locations in the state, affecting over 244 workers. The statement revealed that, regularly, bosses allowed 15-year-old employees to work past 10pm when federal law prohibits under 16’s working past 7pm.
In a scathing proclamation directed at’ Wing Stop’, Mississippi District Department of Labour representative Audrey Hall stated, “Restaurant industry employees work hard, often for low wages, and many depend on every dollar earned to make ends meet.” Dishing even more dirt on the charges, Hall continued, “The law prevents Boss Wing Enterprises LLC from shifting operating costs to workers by deducting the costs of uniforms, cash register shortages or training expenses, or to allow a worker’s pay to fall below the minimum wage rate.”
The fast food chain, officially registered as ‘Boss Wings LLC’, is a family-run company with Ross’ sister and mother both listed as the registered agents for the company. Neither his mother nor sister have spoken to the press. However, it is now known that ‘Boss Wings LLC’ have been hit with $62,753 worth of civil penalties for their misconduct.
The Florida rapper has not yet spoken out on the matter. This follows the release of Ross’ last album, Richer Than I Ever Been, last December and is the first time Ross has received media attention in a long time. However, a ‘Wing Stop’ manager has spoken to the press, revealing that as a franchise, each store operates independently, disclosing that, “as a franchise, all staff are to operate under our operating standards, which requires compliance with all laws and regulations.”
Below you can watch the rapper in a recently made advert for the fast food chain.