AceShowbiz - Rick Ross has owned up to his mistakes. The "Purple Lamborghini" rapper vowed to do better after some of his Wingstop locations are fined for labor violations.
The 46-year-old addressed the issue through a video shared on Instagram. "When you're running a business there will be mistakes," he said in the clip. "But as the biggest boss, you never make the same mistake twice."
"Taking accountability when you the biggest… And remember this, most successful people don't take stumbling as a setback, but actually a stepping stone to greater things," the "Money in the Grave" spitter added.
The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (DOLWHD) confirmed on August 11 that it had collected $114,427 "in back wages, liquidated damages and civil penalties" from five Wingstop locations in Mississippi operated by Boss Wing Enterprises. Per XXL report, "$51,674 in back wages and liquidated damages for 244 workers were recovered as well as an assessment of $62,753 in civil money penalties."
According to the DOLWHD, the operators of the locations "failed to maintain a record of employee hours worked and wage deductions." There was also a 15-year-old employee who worked past 10 P.M. on multiple occasions last June, which is against the law.
"Restaurant industry employees work hard, often for low wages, and many depend on every dollar earned to make ends meet," Wage and Hour Division District Director Audrey Hall in Jackson, Mississippi said. "The law prevents Boss Wing Enterprises LLC from shifting operating costs to workers by deducting the costs of uniforms, cash register shortages or training expenses, or to allow a worker's pay to fall below the minimum wage rate."
In response, a Wingstop spokesperson told USA Today, "Our franchise agreement requires all of our franchisees to operate under our operating standards, which requires compliance with all laws and regulations." The spokesperson added, "We were not previously aware of the DOL action against Boss Wings LLC."