El Departamento de Trabajo recuperó 170.000 dólares después de descubrir que una empresa de construcción en Bakersfield no había pagado horas extras a 74 de sus empleados.

Employer: Universal Welding and Construction Inc. 12558 Snow Road Bakersfield, CA 93314 Findings of Investigation: An investigation by the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that Universal Welding and Construction Inc. failed to pay 74 workers overtime rates for hours worked beyond 40 per week, depriving them of their full wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Recovered Back Wages: $85,004 in unpaid overtime for 74 employees $85,004 in damages for 74 employees $34,954 in civil penalties Quote: “Employers must pay their workers all wages earned for their work, including overtime,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Cesar Avila in Sacramento. “We strongly urge employers to call us for compliance assistance and to familiarize themselves with our educational tools to avoid violations like those in this case.” Context: The FLSA requires that most US employees be paid at least the federal minimum wage for all hours worked and that overtime be paid at a rate of one and a half times the regular rate for all hours worked over 40 per week. Learn more about the Wage and Hour Division and workers’ rights, including a search tool that can be used if you believe you may be owed back wages collected by the division. Employers and workers can call the division’s staff confidentially to ask questions, regardless of their place of origin, and the department can speak with callers confidentially in over 200 languages through the agency’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Download the agency’s new free Timesheet App for Android devices, available in English and Spanish, to track work hours and pay.  

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