During an investigation into Dinh Construction, a Riverside, CA-based company, the United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division discovered violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime provisions. According to the Wage and Hour Division, the employees were paid with separate checks for their overtime work at straight time rates, rather than the mandated time-and-a-half rates for every hour worked beyond 40 hours per week. Dinh Construction also violated FLSA’s recordkeeping provisions by failing to keep accurate records of the wages paid to workers or hours they worked.
A district director of the Wage and Hour Division, Daniel Pasquil, had this to say about the fines:
“Workers required to put extra hours must receive the overtime pay they rightfully deserve. Extra work equals extra pay. We are committed to leveling the playing field so that employers do not take shortcuts at the expense of their workers and other businesses don’t get placed at a competitive disadvantage in the marketplace.”
The Wage and Hour Division fined Dinh Construction $65,087 for overtime back wages, and an additional $65,087 in damages to the 52 workers previously denied overtime pay. The company was also assessed a $4,004 civil penalty due to the willful nature of the discovered violations.
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