A company that manages several Panama City Beach resorts and restaurants owes $38,513 in back pay, and will pay $12,695 in civil fines after Department of Labor violations over the treatment of H-2B visa workers from Jamaica.

The Department of Labor announced the fines Friday. According to By the Sea’s website, the company owns seven Panama City Beach beachfront hotels, two group retreats and two beachfront restaurants.

By the Sea Resorts imported the workers under the program that allows for the hiring of non-immigrants for limited-time work that isn’t agricultural. Seasonal work at resorts such as Ocean Breeze By the Sea, Chateau By the Sea, Sugar Sands by the Sea, Beachbreak By the Sea, Legacy By the Sea and Shalimar Retreat and Conference Center can be filled by workers on H-2B visas.

But Labor’s Wage and Hour Division investigators found that By the Sea didn’t play by the book with the 117 Jamaican employees brought to Panama City as housekeepers.

www.miamiherald.com

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