Nov 07, 2007 — Tourist businesses in the Lake George area have been fined more than $120,000 for allegedly cheating their foreign workers. An investigation by New York's Labor Department found that hotels and restaurants were denying wages and violating child labor laws. Labor Department spokesman Chris Perham told the Associated Press that many of the workers were foreign students involved in a work-exchange program. "Some weren't being paid properly," Perham said. "I understand some of them weren't being paid at all." Ramada Express and the Quality Inn and Econo Lodge in Queensbury were among the businesses that agreed to pay the fines. Lake George Mayor Robert Blais, who co-founded a worker support program called The Student Connection, told Brian Mann that the enforcement case began after a worker approached him with a complaint. State officials say much of the 120 thousand dollars in fines will be used to reimburse employees who have returned to their home countries. The tourism businesses affected by the penalty have not returned reporters' calls asking for comment.