New Haven deli cited for workplace violations

J&B Deli Grocery

WETHERSFIELD, Conn.  (WTNH) — The Connecticut Department of Labor’s Wage and Workplace Standards Division has issued a stop-work order for J&B Deli in New Haven, after the deli failed to pay at least minimum wage or overtime for employees who claimed to work 60-hour weeks.

The eatery is located at 1147 Chapel St. in New Haven.

“This is a case where an employer is taking unfair advantage of their employees and also cheating the state by not paying the proper taxes or providing worker protections, such as unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation,” noted State Labor Commissioner Sharon Palmer.

Investigators also determined that the deli owners, John and Cheong Rhee of Hamden, were paying the workers in cash, were not keeping required payroll records, failed to make legal deductions and could not show proof of carrying workers’ compensation coverage, which is required in Connecticut.

Once a stop-work order is issued, an employer must show proof of having required workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance coverage, as well as accurate payroll records and documentation that workers are being paid the required wages. Additionally, under state law, a $300 fine can be assessed for each week that an employee is working while not on the payroll.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s