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Labor Department Sues Child Protective Agency for Back Wages and Overtime Pay

June 9, 2011

A wage and hour lawsuit was filed this week by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) against a Texas agency, seeking over $1 million in back wages and overtime compensation for employees of a child welfare agency in Texas.

According an article in the Houston Chronicle that our Irvine, California labor lawyers have been following, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Child Protective Services Division is being sued by the federal agency for allegedly denying 800 former and current civil servant workers the proper overtime that they were legally entitled to under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The workers were also allegedly instructed to not record the overtime hours that they worked, and instead work off the clock with no compensation.

Under the FLSA, covered employees are entitled to at least the minimum wage of $7.25 for every hour worked, plus overtime rates of time and one-half their regular pay rates for working over forty hours in a workweek, including bonuses, incentive pay and commissions.

The DOL reportedly conducted a statewide investigation of the agency over a three-year period, and seeks over $1 million in back wages, as well as an equal amount in damages for the former and current Child Protective Services investigators.

Our Huntington Beach, California employment and labor attorneys are committed to representing workers who have experienced Fair Labor Standards Act violations, as well as violations of California Labor Codes in cities throughout Orange County, California. Contact us today, for a free consultation about your rights.

Labor sues Texas agency over unpaid overtime, June 8, 2011

Lawsuit says CPS workers shortchanged on OT pay, Houston Chronicle, June 8, 2011

Related Web Resources:

U.S. Department of Labor: Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

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