Wage Theft - DOL - Boston Area

Brian Sparks filed this request with the Department of Labor of the United States of America.
Tracking # 806815
Est. Completion None
Status
Fix Required

Communications

From: Brian Sparks

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A log of all wage theft complaints, made at any time from January 1, 2014 to the time this request is processed, regarding businesses in the following cities:

A) Boston, Massachusetts
B) Somerville, Massachusetts
C) Cambridge, Massachusetts
D) Medford, Massachusetts
E) Watertown, Massachusetts
F) Quincy, Massachusetts
G) Braintree, Massachusetts
H) Salem, Massachusetts
I) Weymouth, Massachusetts
J) Newton, Massachusetts

Please note I am not seeking the content of any complaints. I expect the log would exist as a spreadsheet. Please respond with any questions necessary for clarification.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Brian Sparks

From: Miller, Darlene - SOL

Mr. Sparks:

Your request has been assigned to our Wage and Hour Division (Wage and Hour) with tracking number 806815. When they begin processing it, you will be able to track its progress at www.dol.gov/foia<http://www.dol.gov/foia>. If you need to contact them about it for any reason, please phone 202-693-1004 and reference the tracking number at the time of the call.

Sincerely,

Darlene Miller
Government Information Specialist, Office of Information Services

Office of the Solicitor | Management & Administrative Legal Services
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue NW, Rm. N2420
Washington, DC 20210
(202) 693-5442 (O) | (202) 693-5389 (F) | miller.darlene@dol.gov<mailto:miller.darlene@dol.gov> (E)
e-FOIAs: foiarequests@dol.gov<mailto:foiarequests@dol.gov>

From: Davis, Donna M. - WHD

June 14, 2016

Brian Sparks
MuckRock
DEPT MR 26181, 411A Highland Ave
Somerville, Massachusetts 02144-2516

Sent via E-mail at requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: Freedom of Information Act Acknowledgment Letter
FOIA Tracking Number 806815– Subject: Massachusetts Wage Theft Complaints Since 1/1/14.

Dear Mr. Sparks,

This letter is to acknowledge receipt of your request for information, dated August 26, 2015, made pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552. Your request is being processed in the Wage and Hour Division (WHD). Additionally, your FOIA request has been assigned the tracking number above, which you may use to check the status of your request in the Department of Labor’s FOIA Public Portal at http://www.dol.gov/foia/. Please refer to this number in any future correspondences about your request.

It is our goal to respond to requests as quickly as possible, in the order received and within the statutory time frame. However, due to the volume of requests received by WHD we ask that you allow 30 days before checking the status of your request.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter you may contact WHD as follows:

U. S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division, Room S3016
Attn: FOIA Coordinator

200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20210
Telephone: 202-693-1350
Fax: 202-693-0637

Sincerely,

Ms. Michelle Moreno
Government Information Specialist
Wage and Hour Division

From: Davis, Donna M. - WHD

Michelle,

Please see e-mail below and give updated status
Thanks

donna

From: Davis, Donna M. - WHD

August 15, 2016

Brian Sparks
MuckRock
DEPT MR 26181, 411A Highland Ave
Somerville, Massachusetts 02144-2516

Sent via E-mail at requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: Freedom of Information Act Communication Letter
FOIA Tracking Number 806815– Subject: Massachusetts Wage Theft Complaints Since 1/1/14.

Dear Mr. Sparks,

The Wage and Hour Division is sending you this communication letter to give you an update on the status of your FOIA request regarding documents related to Massachusetts Wage Theft Complaints Since 1/1/14. We are continuing to process your FOIA request. We would like further clarification of your request as well as, narrow the request. However, we have a significant backlog and getting to your request to process will take some time. At this time, we do not have an approximate completion date due to the backlog issues. I look forward to hearing from you within 5 business days. Please feel free to contact us at the phone number listed below.

If you have concerns about the service you received from the Wage and Hour Division you can contact the Department’s FOIA Public Liaison Mr. Thomas Hicks. He can be reached at the Office of the Solicitor U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-2428, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210 or by calling 202-693-5427 or emailing him at hicks.thomas@dol.gov

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter you may contact WHD as follows:

Email: WHD-FOIA@dol.gov
Telephone: 202-693-1004
Fax: 202-693-0637

Mail: U. S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division, Room S3016
Attn: FOIA Coordinator
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20210

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Ms. Michelle Moreno
Government Information Specialist
Wage and Hour Division

From: Davis, Donna M. - WHD


From: Brian Sparks


Hi, and thank you for your note seeking clarification regarding my request.

I'm seeking a log of wage theft complaints made of all the businesses in the listed Massachusetts cities. State Departments of Labor or equivalents have previously forwarded to me a spreadsheet they keep on file noting the business complained about, the city in which the business is located, the date of the complaint, and similar information. If the US Department of Labor has a similar spreadsheet or other log, this is the information I am seeking, rather than the content of any specific complaint.

Thank you again for your note, and please let me know if you have any further questions.

Brian Sparks

From: Davis, Donna M. - WHD

August 22, 2016

Brian Sparks
MuckRock
DEPT MR 26181, 411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, Massachusetts 02144-2516

Sent via E-mail to requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: Freedom of Information Act Acknowledgment Letter
FOIA Tracking Number 806815 - Subject: Massachusetts Wage Theft Complaints Since 1/1/14.

Dear Mr. Sparks,

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) received your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated June 11, 2016 for information regarding a log of all wage theft complaints, made at any time from January 1, 2014 to the time this request is processed, regarding businesses in the city of Massachusetts. I expect the log of all wage theft complaints would exist as a spreadsheet. The WHD National Office will process your request pursuant to the FOIA, 5 U.S.C. § 552. Additionally, your FOIA request has been assigned the FOIA tracking number above. You may use the FOIA tracking number to check the status of your request on the Department of Labor's FOIA Public Portal at http://www.dol.gov/foia/. Please refer to this number in any future correspondences about your request.

Our goal is to respond to requests as quickly as possible, in the order received and within the statutory time frame. However, due to the volume of requests received by WHD National Office, some of our processors have a large backlog of requests to process. Therefore, we may not complete your request within the statutory time period. We ask that you allow 30 days before checking the status of your request.

If you have concerns about the service you received from the Wage and Hour Division you can contact the Department's FOIA Public Liaison Mr. Thomas Hicks. He can be reached at the Office of the Solicitor U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-2428, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210 or by calling 202-693-5427 or emailing him at hicks.thomas@dol.gov.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter you may contact WHD National Office as follows:

Email: WHD-FOIA@dol.gov
Telephone: 202-693-1004
Fax: 202-693-0637

Mail: U. S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division, Room S3016
Attn: FOIA Coordinator
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20210

We hope this information has been helpful.

Sincerely,

Ms. Michelle Moreno
Disclosure Officer
Wage and Hour Division

From: Burrell, Tameka T - WHD

May 15, 2017

Brian Sparks
MuckRock News
411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144

Sent via-email to requests@muckrock.com

RE: Freedom of Information Act Still Interested Communication Letter
FOIA Tracking Number 806815 - Subject: Complaints filed in Massachusetts

Dear Mr. Sparks,

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division received your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for complaints filed from January 1, 2014 to current. dated June 11, 2016. Your request was assigned the FOIA tracking number cited above. Unfortunately, your request has not been processed due to a backlog. Therefore, we would like to know if you are still interested in receiving the documents you requested. If you are still interested in this request, please provide me with an active telephone number.

Please respond in writing within 30 business days from the date of this letter if you would like to withdraw your request or if you are still interested. If we do not hear from you within the time period requested, your request will be administratively closed.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter you may contact WHD National Office as follows:

Email: WHD-FOIA@dol.gov<mailto:WHD-FOIA@dol.gov>
Telephone: 202-693-1004
Fax: 202-693-0637

Mail: U. S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division, Room S3016
Attn: FOIA Coordinator
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20210

Tameka Burrell
Government Information Specialist
U.S Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room S-3013
Washington, D.C. 20210
Telephone: (202) 693-1019

From: Brian Sparks

Thank you for your note. I am still interested in receiving these documents, though I would like to change the dates and see all documents from January 2014 to the present. As you know, wage theft continues to be a massive problem affecting wage- and contract-workers. Feel free to call me at 530-902-5312.

Brian

From: Burrell, Tameka T - WHD

Hello,

The Wage and Hour Division(WHD) proactively posts a variety of enforcement and statistical data on a public webpage for the convenience of the public. We recommend you visit these pages since you may locate some of the data you are seeking without waiting for a response to your FOIA request.

Concluded investigations can be found on the WHD website as follows: https://enforcedata.dol.gov/views/data_summary.php .Please go to the indicated web address to access the documents you are seeking. I have also attached a PowerPoint, which explains the steps on how to retrieve the data from the website.

After visiting these pages and you note that the data you are seeking is located on the webpages, please let us know if you are withdrawing your FOIA request or narrowing the scope of your request within three (3) business days from this e-mail.

Tameka Burrell
Government Information Specialist
U.S Department of Labor
Telephone: (202) 693-1004

From: Burrell, Tameka T - WHD

Hello Mr. Sparks,

Information was emailed to you on June 16, 2017 related to your FOIA request, can you let me know if this information was useful? If there is no response within 3 business days then we trust that the information is responsive to your inquiry.

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