NEW YORK, NY — A New York concrete company recently agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor to resolve claims that the company violated several provisions of federal labor and wage laws, including failure to pay overtime wages to several employees. As part of the agreement, Selden-based Casa Concrete will pay a combined total of $412,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 20 employees.
“The U.S. Department of Labor will use all tools at its disposal – including litigation when necessary – to ensure that workers are not exploited and employers don’t gain an unfair advantage over their competitors by breaking the law,” said Jeffrey S. Rogoff, Regional Solicitor of Labor in New York in a statement on the Labor Department’s website.
According to an investigation by the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, Casa Concrete violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) when it failed to pay proper overtime pay to its workers. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the defendant would pay its workers via paper check for their first 40 hours of the week and then in cash at rates below federal standards for any overtime hours.
“Employees are entitled to receive all of the wages they have legally earned for all the hours that they have worked,” said Irv Miljoner, Wage and Hour Division District Director in Westbury. “We encourage employees or employers with questions about FLSA compliance to reach out to us for help. This can help prevent violations from occurring in the first place.”
In addition to failing to pay proper overtime wages, Casa Concrete was also accused of failing to keep accurate payroll records detailing all of their employees’ hours worked and wages earned as required under the FLSA. As part of the agreement, the defendant also agreed not to retaliate against or soliciting repayment of recovered wages from any of its workers currently employed.
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