DETROIT, MI — A Michigan fruit market recently agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor to resolve claims that the company failed to pay hundreds of workers for their overtime wages, a violation of federal wage and labor laws. As part of the resolution, Detroit-based Nino Salvaggio Fruit and Vegetable Markets, which operates three locations throughout the city, agreed to pay a combined $135,657 in back overtime wages and interest to 212 employees to resolve the allegations.
An investigation by the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division revealed that Nino Salvaggio Fruit and Vegetables Markets failed to pay employees for time they spent on rest breaks shorter than 20 minutes, as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). By not accounting for this time, workers ended up working more than 40 hours during the week without the overtime pay mandated by the FLSA. Furthermore, the company failed to follow federal recordkeeping laws by not properly documenting all the time workers spent on the job.
“Employees depend on receiving the wages they have rightfully earned,” said Wage and Hour District Director Timolin Mitchell, in Detroit. “Wage violations can be avoided when employers understand the rules. We encourage employers to contact the Wage and Hour Division for guidance on laws governing rest breaks and any other requirements so they can avoid violations. The division offers many tools to help employers comply with the law.”
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