U.S. Department of Labor Going After Trainer Chad Brown

Top Horse Racing Trainer Accused of Violations

An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that Brown and Chad C. Brown Inc. violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and labor provisions of the H-2B non-immigrant visa program.

The department says Brown also failed to pay overtime wages for all hours when grooms and hot walkers worked more than 40 hours per week.

Brown’s attorney, Allan S. Bloom, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Brown, of Mechanicville, is a three-time Eclipse Award winner for Outstanding Trainer and has amassed more than $156 million dollars in earnings over his 13-year career including more than $8 million this year alone to date.

Brown was the leading trainer at Saratoga Race Course last year with 46 top finishers, repeating his 2017 achievement with 39 winners and 40 winners as the top trainer in 2016.

He was the top trainer in earnings in 2018 with $27.5 million during a year that saw him saddle second-place Belmont winner Gronkowski and second-place finisher Good Magic at the Kentucky Derby.

He also trained Sistercharlie who captured the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf title along with Newspaperofrecord, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf race.

He was the winning trainer of the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Stakes with Bricks and Mortar at Gulfstream Park in January.

The H-2B program violations were …

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