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Workers were forced to pay for costumes, cashier deficits, and equipment costs by Boss Wings Enterprises.

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 Tommie and Tawanda Roberts own Boss Wings Enterprises LLC, a Bureau of Labor Statistics spokeswoman verified to USA TODAY.

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After company expenditures were deducted from their compensation, many employees earned less than the federal minimum hourly wage of $7.25, according to an inquiry conducted by the Department of Labor.

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 Inquiry found that a 15-year-old worker labored past 10 p.m. on many instances in June 2021.

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 According to the report, Boss Wings Enterprises LLC compensated a total of $51,674 in back pay and losses to cover 244 employees, in addition to $62,753 in charges.

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Wingstop claims it was unaware of the Department of Labor's (DOL) lawsuit against Boss Wings LLC, a fast food chain franchisee. 

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"We just weren't cognizant," a Wingstop spokeswoman said in a message to USA TODAY.

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 "All of our shareholders are required by our licensing agreement to follow our norms."

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 On Wednesday, owner Steve Ross uploaded an apparently announcement video on his Instagram account. "You cannot commit the same error again as the largest boss," he adds in the video.

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 Several news sites have initially demonstrated on the Roberts family's ownership of a Wingstop franchise.

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 In a 2014 interview with Dimension, Tawanda stated that she assisted Ross in obtaining a contract with Wingstop and that she was "as grip on as you were likely to really get" in his commercial dealings.