PITTSBURGH, PA — A Pennsylvania construction company recently agreed to a settlement with workers in a federal class action unpaid overtime lawsuit 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, Pittston-based Linde Corp will pay a combined $950,000 in back wages, liquidated damages, and attorneys fees to 73 current and former workers.
According to the overtime class action lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Lind Corp violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) when it failed to pay the plaintiffs one and a half times their average hourly rate of pay when working above the weekly 40-hour overtime threshold. From March 2013 until June 2016, the plaintiffs contend that the defendant paid salaried employees in “extra compensation units” in lieu of overtime for work they performed building, maintaining and testing well pads for the natural gas industry.
To become official and have plaintiffs receive their compensation, the settlement will need to be approved by the senior District Court judge hearing the case. Payments for the workers will likely range anywhere from $450 to up to $22,000, depending on the amount of unpaid overtime the individual plaintiff was denied. Lind Corp also faces a second action related to this case brought by the Department of Labor, which could result in additional damages and fines, as well as possible injunctions designed to prevent future wage theft from taking place at the company.
Under the FLSA, only certain types of workers may be paid a flat salary regardless of how many hours the individual puts in during the week. These workers are certain types of professionals, executives, and others whose duties are vital to the day-to-day operations of the company and can include supervising subordinates, hiring and firing workers, disciplining employees, setting pay rates, and creating work schedules.
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