The $1.6 million settlement multiple Eclipse Award winner Chad Brown has been ordered to pay for federal labor law violations and back wages left racing fans and legal experts alike shocked a few weeks ago. New York trainers now say he's not the only one facing scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Fellow conditioners Kiaran McLaughlin, Gary Contessa, and George Weaver confirmed to the Daily Racing Form this week that they are also being audited for their labor practices, and others are rumored to be under investigation. Trainer Linda Rice reached a six-figure settlement with the Department last year.
Experts told the Form it's not uncommon for the Department to focus on one industry for short periods of time. In the case of horse racing employers, who frequently use the federal H-2B visa program to hire employees, there are even more regulations they must abide by to remain in compliance with federal law.
One attorney told the Form's Matt Hegarty that the Brown settlement was likely a warning shot to the industry.
So far, the government seems to be focusing on New York-based training operations.
Read more at the Daily Racing Form
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