New Jersey shutters 27 Boston Market restaurants over accusations of unpaid wages, related worker issues

State labor officials have temporarily shut down more than two dozen Boston Market restaurants in New Jersey after they say they found multiple violations of workers’ rights, including more than $600,000 in back wages owed to 314 employees.
stop-work order was issued Tuesday by the Department of Labor against 27 restaurants across New Jersey. The state also imposed nearly $2.6 million in penalties against the firm.
A stop work order is posted on the door of a Boston Market restaurant in Hackensack, N.J., Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023. State labor officials have temporarily shut down more than two dozen Boston Market restaurants in New Jersey after an investigation sparked by worker complaints found multiple violations of workers' rights, including more than $600,000 in back wages owed to 314 employees.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The Associated Press sent an email seeking comment to Boston Market’s corporate office in Golden, Colorado, on Thursday. There are 31 Boston Market restaurants in New Jersey and 310 nationwide, according to its website.
The company has requested a hearing challenging the state's findings, labor officials said, but a hearing date has not yet been scheduled.
State officials say the investigation began in November when a worker at a restaurant in Mercer County filed a complaint with the labor department. Since then, nearly three dozen additional complaints have been received naming several Boston Market locations in New Jersey.
The labor department's initial findings included citations for unpaid or late payment of wages, hindering the investigation, failure to pay minimum wage, records violations and failure to pay earned sick leave.
Below is the complete list of Boston Market locations that were issued a stop-work order: 
  • 491 Ridge Rd, North Arlington, NJ 07031
  • 314 Essex Street, Lodi, NJ 07644 
  • 180 Hackensack Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07602 
  • 21-20 Broadway, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410 
  • 321 Broad Street, Ridgefield, NJ 07657 
  • 20 Wycoff Avenue, Waldwick, NJ 07463 
  • 395 NJ-17, Mahwah, NJ 07430 
  • 175 Kinderkamack Road, Emerson, NJ 07630 
  • 275 Livingston Street, North Vale, NJ 07647 
  • 471 Central Avenue, East Orange, NJ 07018 
  • 247 NJ-10 East, Succasunna, NJ 07876 
  • 332 Route 10 West, East Hanover, NJ 07936 
  • 1160 US-46, Clifton, NJ 07013
  • 1342 Clifton Avenue, Clifton, NJ 07012
  • 523 Chestnut Street Union, NJ 07083
  • 770 Route 33, Hamilton, NJ 08619
  • 1729 N. Olden Avenue, Ewing Township, NJ 08638
  • 300 Rt-18, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
  • 878 US Rt. 1 North Bound, Edison, NJ 08817 
  • 1560 St. Georges Avenue, Avenel, NJ 07001
  • 4159 US 9, Howell, NJ 07731
  • 1103 Broad Street, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
  • 900 Easton Avenue #165, Somerset, NJ 08873
  • 514 High Street, Mt. Holly, NJ 08060
  • 5716 Blackhorse Pike, Blackwood, NJ 08012
  • 891 Hurffville Road, Woodbury, NJ 08096
  • 301 S. Main Road, Vineland, NJ 08360