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DOL Investigates Walt Disney World--Recovers Over $433K in Back Wages for Employees

September 8, 2010

According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the DOL's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has recently uncovered $433,819 in back pay to Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts employees, who are based in Orlando, Florida.

Our Carson employment lawyers have been following the news story, and reportedly, the DOL's WHD found that almost 70 inventory control clerks who worked in the Department of Food and Beverages of the Walt Disney Park were not compensated for work activities that occurred before and directly after their regular work shifts. The investigation also found that they were not compensated for working through meal breaks, and while they were engaged in work activities from home.

Nancy Leppink, The DOL's Wage and Hour Deputy Administrator claimed that the investigation found that although Walt Disney has rules regarding work performed off the clock, the company's managers were not enforcing the wage and hour rules and policies with supervisors.

As our Santa Ana employment attorneys have reported in a previous blog, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that covered, nonexempt employees must receive compensation for time and one-half their normal pay rates, which includes bonuses, commissions and incentive compensation, for times worked beyond a 40-hour work week. The current federal minimum wage for covered, nonexempt employees is $7.25 per hour.

The DOL also explains that according to the FLSA, "hours worked" accounts for all the time that an employee must be working on duty, or working on the employer's premises or at other prescribed place of work, from the start of the first main workday activity to the end of the final main workday activity. The FLSA also mandates that accurate records are maintained to keep track of the hours worked, wages and other conditions of employment of all employees.

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US Department of Labor Recovers More than $433,000 in Back Wages for Walt Disney World Employees, U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division Press Release, August 26, 2010

Related Web Resources:

Fair Labor Standards Act Advisor: Exemptions, United States Department of Labor

California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR): The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DSLE)