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A state park concessionaire in South Dakota must pay $93,000 in back wages to 72 foreign guest workers and $65,000 in civil penalties for labor violations, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division reported Wednesday. Violations included improper fees charged to the workers by the concessionaire’s employment agency. The concessionaire, Custer State Park Resort of Custer, S.D., was also penalized for not paying overtime and for H-2B visa violations.
Federal investigators found that Global Employment Agency, the agent Custer State Park Resort used to recruit and hire foreign guest workers from Indonesia and the Philippines, required improper payments from prospective employees ranging from $530 to $1,500, according to the Wage & Hour Division.
In addition, H-2B employees serving as dining room attendants, front desk clerks and housekeepers often worked in excess of 40 hours per week but were not paid the required overtime wage rate for such hours, the division reported.
Custer State Park Resort is an authorized concessionaire of the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. The company’s legal name is Regency CSP Ventures Limited Partnership.