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Christmas tree company accused of ‘hot goods’ violations

The U.S. Labor Department has filed a lawsuit against a Christmas tree and wreath company with operations in Oregon.
Mateusz Perkowski

Capital Press

Published on May 7, 2014 12:18PM

The U.S. Labor Department is accusing a multistate Christmas tree and wreath company with operations in Oregon of “hot goods” violations.

The agency has filed a lawsuit claiming that Bottomley Evergreens and Farms violated minimum wage and overtime laws for workers who make wreaths, garlands and baskets at its facility in Gresham, Ore.

The company, which is based in North Carolina but also has operations in Oregon and Nevada, refused to comment on the case.

The complaint alleges that Bottomley paid workers on a piece rate basis “without consideration for the number of hours worked” since at least August 2010.

The Labor Department alleges the company shipped those products in interstate commerce in violation of the “hot goods” provision of labor law.

It’s unclear whether the agency threatened to block shipments of Bottomley’s products under the “hot goods” provision.

An attorney for the Labor Department said she could not comment on the case but would refer Capital Press’ questions to the agency’s public affairs office.

Capital Press has not heard back as of press time.

The complaint does ask for an injunction against further wage law violations and seeks back wages and damages on behalf of the firm’s workers.


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