EL PASO — A local daycare is under fire for failing to pay employees minimum wage and was fined thousands of dollars.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division found that Ice Castles Daycare Too Incorporated violated the Fair Labor Standards Act at two of the company's locations in Horizon City and in the northeast.
The investigation found the company failed to pay employees for training time, and made illegal deductions from employees' paychecks for uniforms and other items.
Also, the company failed to keep records required under the FLSA like an I-9 form.
While the owner of the company Alejandrina Delgado said she was not aware that she was required to have I-9 forms. She said she always made sure she had proper documentation for everyone who worked there and always paid her employees properly and kept track of their hours.
"They didn't find one check or one time card that did not match. Everything was paid to the employees. What they made us go back and pay were T-shirts, they were wearing out logo and promoting us. That's why,” said Alejandrina Delgado.
Delgado said she paid every employee, past and present, for the cost of the logos on their T-shirts that had been originally deducted from the employees' paychecks.
She opened the first location in 1998. She said she has an average of 30 employees at each location...AND More than 200 children enrolled in her program.