Eastbay Cited for Violations

Wassau, WI–The U.S. Labor Department has fined athletic apparel cataloger Eastbay more than $55,000 in back wages and fines for violating federal work standards in 1999 and 2000. The U.S. Labor Department said Eastbay must pay $34,200 in back wages for overtime violations and fined the company $21,150 for child-labor violations involving teenagers. The Labor Department says 373 workers were paid less than their entitled overtime and nearly 50 children younger than 16 years old worked longer hours than permitted. Eastbay president Dick Johnson would not comment further on the violations, saying only that the problem has been rectified.