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.

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