BIRMINGHAM, AL — An Alabama manufacturing company recently agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor to resolve claims that the company violated various provisions of federal labor and wage laws, including failure to pay overtime wages. As part of the agreement, Foley-based Riviera Stoneworks Inc. will pay back a combined $28,307 in back wages and liquidated damages to 28 employees for violating the overtime and record keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
According to an investigation by the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, Riviera Stoneworks broke the law when it failed to pay its workers premium overtime wages when working above the overtime threshold. Under the FLSA, companies must pay their workers one and a half times their wages when they spend more than 40 hours a week on the job.
Riviera Stonesworks attempted to circumvent the FLSA by paying workers straight time for their first 40 hours on the job out of the company’s own payroll but would then pay the remaining hours out of another company’s payroll also owned by the owner of Riviera Stoneworks at straight time. However, none of the employees in the case ever worked for the other company and were not paid overtime as a result.
“The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to ensuring that employees receive the wages they have legally earned for all the hours they have worked,” said Kenneth Stripling, Wage and Hour Division District Director in Birmingham. “We are determined to ensure that employers who fail to comply with the law do not gain an unfair competitive advantage over those who do.”
Under the FLSA, companies are required to keep accurate payroll records reflecting all of the hours worked by their employees and must pay overtime when warranted. When businesses to break the law, the FLSA give wage theft victims the right to hire their own overtime pay attorneys to file lawsuits and recover back pay, damages, and attorneys fees to litigate the matter.
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