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Trucking Company to Pay Drivers and Workers Over $270K in Overtime Back Pay

May 19, 2011

Our San Bernardino County, California labor attorneys recently discussed the topic of wage and hour violations in the trucking industry, where drivers often experience employee misclassification, as well as other violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), including wage theft, minimum wage violations and failure to provide meal and break periods.

In a recent investigation, led by the wage and hour department of the U.S. Department of Labor, Statewide Transport Inc., a commercial delivery service company, has agreed to pay over $270,000 in overtime back wages to 105 former and current warehouse workers and delivery drivers, after the DOL found that the company had violated the employees' wage and hour rights under the FLSA.

According to the DOL, Statewide Transport was found to have failed to properly compensated drivers for overtime--instead paying the employees straight time for every hour worked. Under the FLSA, covered employees should be paid at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, as well as one and one-half their regular pay rates for all overtime hours worked beyond forty in a regular work week, plus any bonuses, commissions, and incentive pay received.

Statewide Transport's warehouse employees were also reportedly paid on an hourly basis and did not receive any overtime compensation for the hours they worked beyond forty in a workweek.

Statewide Transport agreed to pay all back wages to the drivers and warehouse employees, and agreed to comply with the wage and hour laws under the FLSA in the future, including the maintenance of accurate time and payroll records for all employees.

In cities throughout Orange County, California contact our wage and hour labor and employment lawyer team at Howard Law, PC today.

Statewide Transport agrees to pay 105 workers more than $270,000 in overtime back wages following US Labor Department investigation, The U.S. Department of Labor Press Release, May 16, 2011

Related Web Resources:

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

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