MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that a District Court judge handed down a judgement against an Minneapolis, Minnesota employment agency accused of failing to pay overtime wages almost 100 health care workers. Under the terms of the agreement, defendant All Temporaries Midwest Inc. and its owner, Mark Liveringhouse, will pay 92 current and former workers a total of $401,384 in back wages and other penalties to resolve the claim.
“We are pleased that these workers will receive their rightfully earned wages through this agreement and that the employer will be complying with the law going forward,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director David King, in Minneapolis. “Our education and outreach efforts seek to ensure that companies understand their responsibilities. Our efforts on both fronts protect responsible employers and hard-working employees.”
According the Labor Department, which brought the case in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, Temporaries Midwest Inc. placed registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified nursing assistants with area clients. The government alleged the defendant only paid the workers one and a half times the individual’s average hourly rate of pay for the first seven hours of overtime and then straight time for the remainder, regardless of how many hours the workers spent on the job.
Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers must pay employees time and a half for all their workers’ hours spent on the job above the 40-hour overtime pay threshold. Unfortunately, the healthcare industry, particularly nursing, seems plagued by the practice of systematic wage theft when rising costs create fierce competition.
Often times, unscrupulous employers rely on the trust of workers to skirt labor and wage laws and increase company profits at the expense of worker pay. Fortunately, the FLSA allows wage theft victims to file unpaid overtime lawsuits to recover their back pay with interest and other damages to hold wrongdoers accountable and ensure workers receive all their due pay.
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