SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The owners of a California elder care company recently agreed to settle with the U.S. Department of Labor to resolve claims the company broke federal wage and labor laws when it failed to pay overtime wages to over a dozen workers. As part of the settlement, San Francisco-based Nobis Care Homes will pay back 13 workers a combined $194,275 in back wages, interest, and damages and further agrees to abstain from any other future violations of national wage laws.
According to an investigation by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, Nobis Care Homes failed to pay its workers one and a half times their average hourly rate of pay when working more than 40 hours per week. The Wage and Hour Division states that payroll records show employees for Nobis Care Homes frequently worked as many as 60 hours per week but the company only paid workers a maximum of 40 hours per week.
“This investigation demonstrates our determination to ensure that employees receive their rightfully earned wages,” said the Department’s Wage and Hour Division District Director Susana Blanco, in San Francisco. “We are also committed to protecting workers and leveling the playing field to prevent employers that violate the law from gaining an unfair competitive advantage over those that play by the rules.”
In addition to the federal investigation that recovered lost wages for the company’s workers, the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office opened a separate criminal investigation of Nobis Care Homes for worker’s compensation fraud associated with the company’s failure to accurately report the number of employees working. The criminal case resulted in Nobis paying additional penalties to the California Employment Development Department and other state agencies.
While state and federal agencies cannot investigate every single instance of wage theft, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) allows workers to retain an experienced overtime pay lawyer to file suit on their behalf in federal court. An overtime pay lawsuit can recover lost wages with interest, liquidated damages equal to back pay, and attorneys fees to cover the cost of litigation.
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