A Wingstop franchise owned by Rick Ross and his family has paid $114,427 for labor violations at five Mississippi locations, with the rapper vowing Wednesday that the missteps will not happen again.
Decked out in a Balmain jersey and diamond-laden necklace, the musician acknowledged the missteps on his Instagram, where “forever rich” is his handle.
“When you run a business there will be mistakes, but as the biggest boss you never make the same mistake twice,” Ross said. “Taking responsibility is big when you’re the biggest.”
Ross’s mea culpa comes five days after the US Department of Labor announced that Boss Wings Enterprises in Southaven, Mississippi, had illegally charged workers for their uniforms, security training, background checks and cash register shortages.
The salary deduction meant that some employees were earning less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, according to the agency. Investigators also found that Boss Wings made a 15-year-old employee work after 10 p.m. multiple times last year, violating work limits for child labor.
The Labor Department’s investigation led to the recovery of $51,674 in back wages and damages for 244 workers, as well as $62,753 in civil fines, it said.
“Restaurant industry workers work hard, often for low pay, and many depend on every dollar earned to make ends meet,” Audrey Hall, district director of the agency’s payroll and hour division in Jackson, Mississippi, said in a statement. a statement. “The law prevents Boss Wing Enterprises LLC from shifting operating expenses to employees by deducting the cost of uniforms, cashier shortfalls or training costs, or reducing an employee’s wages below minimum wage.”
According to CBS46.com, Ross owns nearly 30 Wingstop franchises in the US.