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Labor data analysis methodology


To perform this analysis, the Center for Public Integrity analyzed data provided by the Department of Labor in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. The data used in the analysis covers the period October 2005 to September 2020 and includes all cases in which the agency determined that there had been violations of minimum wage or overtime.

Employers were grouped by their Employer Identification Number, or EIN. The Department of Labor withheld EINs in about a third of cases involving violations of minimum wage or overtime. These cases were excluded from parts of the analysis that required identification of specific businesses (such as the repeat offender analysis).

Public integrity is suing the Ministry of Labor for the information withheld.

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This story is a collaboration between the Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative newsroom in Washington, DC

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