January - March 2021

GoPuff, a large digital delivery service, negotiated an informal resolution under the Premium Pay for Gig Workers Ordinance after an OLS inquiry into compliance with the law's anti-retaliation provisions. The company paid a total financial remedy of $7,500 to the complainant.

Queen Mary Tea Room and Restaurant and owner Mary Greengo ("Queen Mary") settled allegations under the Wage Theft, Minimum Wage, and PSST  ordinances. Queen Mary operates one location in Seattle and employs approximately 20-35 employees under normal conditions. OLS alleged Queen Mary impermissibly allowed the employer to participate in the tip pool, failed to pay minimum wage in some instances, and failed to have a fully compliant PSST policy. The total financial remedy was $24,405.59 to 66 affected workers.  

OLS issued a determination of a violation against Command Center, Inc. and HireQuest, Inc. for violations under the Fair Chance Employment ordinance. Command Center, Inc., a temporary staffing agency that later merged with HireQuest, Inc., operates several employment agencies in the Puget Sound area, with one location in Seattle. OLS found the companies relied on information in a job applicant's background check report without providing the applicant with a reasonable opportunity to respond, correct, or explain the records or information. OLS further found the companies failed to identify to the applicant which part(s) of the records or information they relied upon, allow the applicant an opportunity to provide an explanation of the individual record or information, and provide the applicant the chance to submit verifiable information related to his rehabilitation or good conduct. The total financial remedy was $556.30 to one affected applicant.