Seal of U.S. Department of Labor U.S. Department of Labor - Office of Inspector General Photo (OIG Home Page)


Hotline Information

What to Report to the Hotline

LABOR RACKETEERING - The use of a union, benefit plan (i.e. pension plan,) contractor, and/or industry for personal benefit by illegal means. This abuse may take the form of collusive arrangements between union officials and employers that occur at the expense of union members or corruption within the unions themselves. It also occurs when organized crime groups infiltrate unions.

Internal Union Corruption

  • Criminal abuse of union power
  • Extortion
  • Improper collective bargaining agreements.
  • False reports on ERISA required documents.
  • The involvement of a member or associate of a traditional or non-traditional organized crime family or group, or a subject with a felony criminal history in a union.
  • Use of union funds or property for acts of violence.

Improper Labor Management Relations

  • Bribery
  • Payoffs from management to corrupt union officials
  • Coercion of employers by union officials
  • Sweetheart deals

Employee Benefit Plan Fraud

  • Embezzlement
  • Kickbacks
  • False reports to ERISA plan such as underreporting true number of participants in remittances to plans.



Unemployment insurance (UI) fraud

  • Disaster unemployment assistance (DUA) fraud
  • Identity theft

Department of Labor employee misconduct

Procurement fraud

  • DOL contract fraud
  • Embezzlement of Title Five funds

Grant fraud

  • Workforce Investment Act (WIA) fraud, theft or embezzlement
  • Workforce development board misconduct/fraud
  • National Emergency Grant fraud

Fraudulent Use of Office of Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Foreign labor certification fraud

  • DOL visa fraud

Job Corps fraud

  • Theft of Job Corps funds
  • One-Stop abuse

Worker health and workplace safety

Mine safety issues

Davis Bacon fraud

VETS issues


  OIG Organization
  About the OIG
  Audit Reports
  Labor Racketeering
  Semiannual Reports
  Top Management Challenges
  Congressional Testimony
  Current News Releases
  FECA Symposium
  2005 Hurricanes
  OIG Employment
  Contact Us


Back to Top Back to Top [OIG Home Page] [DOL Home Page]