Chad Brown Hit With $1.6 Million In Back Wages And Fines For Labor Violations

Three-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Chad Brown has been ordered to pay $1.6 million in back wages and fines for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and federal regulations related to the H-2B visa program, according to a report from The Saratogian this week.

A consent judgment was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. According to court paperwork, the violations involved included failure to keep an accurate record of time worked, failure to pay overtime, failing to pay H-2B employees the wages they’d been promised, and failing to reimburse employees for travel and visa costs, as is required by the H-2B visa program.

Some 150 employees are impacted by the order to pay back wages.

The labor challenges facing trainers and the federal visa program have long been topics of concern among the Thoroughbred industry. Read more about the viewpoint of immigration attorneys and horsemen in this 2017 feature from The Albany Law School’s 17th annual Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing, and Gaming Law Conference.

The newspaper was unable to reach Brown’s legal team for comment.

Read more at The Saratogian

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