A U.K. trucker, one of many trucking companies that have been ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for failing to pay overtime wages, was sentenced to probation last month.
The Luton-based company, which is owned by the same parent company as Uber, has also been fined a record $5.2 million for failing “to pay employees wages and other entitlements.”
The fines, however, were only the start of a string of fines levied by the U:U.S., U.N., and the European Union in response to the U-Pick scandal.
The latest fine amounts to more than $2.2 billion.
The U.F.O. has also asked the European Commission to investigate the case, as well as U.R.F., the United States’ national labor union, the largest private-sector union in the U.’s labor market.
U.A.E. union President Michael van Hees told reporters last week that he was optimistic that the EU would reach a solution on Thursday.
U-pick workers have been demanding fair wages and protections from their employer.
In the meantime, the labor department said last week it would be imposing additional penalties on companies for failing pay their employees overtime and other overtime requirements.
A recent investigation by the Department of Labor found that the companies had violated several U. S. labor laws.
The Department of Justice said that at least one U.U. company in California has failed to pay a minimum wage of $10.15 an hour to at least 2,300 workers since it began operating in January.
The company, called Luton, was ordered to repay $9.7 million to employees, pay more than half a million in back wages, pay $2 million in penalties and interest, and pay $4.3 million in fines and fees.
In addition, it will be barred from bidding for any contracts with U.s. labor agencies, including the UFW and the Department, until it makes changes.