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Quest Diagnostics accused of violating FLSA overtime provisions; multiple class actions pending

According to Law360, Quest Diagnostics, a medical testing company founded in New York City, is now dealing with a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action filed by a former employee in California federal court. The plaintiff claims that Quest regularly shorted hundreds of its hourly workers on their overtime pay by not including automatic incentive payments. Sandy Avila, the plaintiff named in the suit, filed the complaint after spending two years with Quest as a referral assistant and testing assistant in the company’s West Hills, Calif., location. Avila claims to have regularly worked more than 40 hours a week; ... Read More

Chinese buffet accused of ‘egregious’ FLSA violations

According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), a Chinese buffet located in Virginia has been in egregious violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by refusing its employees’ rights to minimum wage and overtime pay. Wah Feng LLC, operating under the name Win Buffet, was investigated by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Baltimore District Office, which uncovered a high number of wage-related grievances. The business opted to pay workers based on a fixed monthly salary in cash, completely disregarding the number of hours worked, minimum wage, or if any of the employees were eligible for overtime pay. Some ... Read More

Fair Labor Standards Act: Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay

The Fraud List: Fair Labor Edition

This Is The Second Installment in The Fraud List: Fair Labor Series The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) outlines many facets of our nation’s labor pay system, but two of the most controversial topics in the news today are minimum wage and overtime pay. With the ever-fluctuating state of the American economy taking its toll on everyday citizens, some believe the current statutes on overtime pay and minimum wage are out-of-date and cannot properly sustain a working family, while others feel proposed changes may put small businesses in jeopardy and lay waste to the American Dream. Since 2009, the minimum wage in ... Read More

Fair Labor Standards Act: Protecting the American Dream

The Fraud List: Fair Labor Edition

This is the first installment of The Fraud List: Fair Labor Series There’s no doubt that the United States would not be the country it is today without the laws created by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Sadly, many foreign countries still allow businesses to employ child labor, pay unfair wages for extended amounts of work and even refuse medical bills from injuries sustained while on the job. In the United States, in 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into action the beginnings of the FLSA, and thus, changed the course of the American workforce forever. The FLSA has put into place ... Read More

The Minimum Wage Debate: where do you stand?

Pay has become a hot topic in our nation this year as overtime and minimum wage debates surge. With Los Angeles becoming the largest city to set a $15 minimum wage last week, many wonder what other changes are in store for 2015. The federal minimum wage has not been raised from $7.25 since 2009 and grassroots campaigns are now pressuring lawmakers to follow in the footsteps of cities like Los Angeles. The history of the minimum wage debate reveals an interesting past to better one’s perspective on the situation. In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established a $0.25 minimum ... Read More

Teenager’s death leads to multiple FLSA and OSHA fines for Georgia company

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and hour Division has ordered a Suwanee, Georgia-based demolition company to pay a steep penalty for violating child labor laws after a teenage employee died on the work site. The teenager, an employee of Demon Demo Inc., was working on a demolition site at Macy’s in the Gwinnett Place Mall when he fell from the third story of the building. The boy had been tossing debris off the building when he fell. The fine was the first one issued by the Wage and Hour Division under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 – ... Read More

EEOC violated FLSA rules for years

Talk about irony. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – an advocate of workplace fairness – has been willfully violating the Fair Labor Standards Act for several years, according to a report in the Washington Post. An arbitrator has decided that the EEOC unfairly and illegally gave compensatory time off instead of overtime pay to its employees throughout the country. The arbitrator said this system amounted to “forced volunteering.” In his decision, the arbitrator said that the case “demonstrates action that went beyond mere negligence.” “This overtime ruling against the EEOC is vindication that the ‘model employer’ should not be ... Read More

class action filed against Alabama company for FLSA overtime violations

A lawsuit filed by employees against Buffalo Rock Co. of Birmingham, Alabama has been certified as a class action lawsuit, according to a report in the Birmingham News. Workers filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Birmingham in 2007, alleging the company’s failure to compensate some of its sales and delivery employees for overtime work. Buffalo Rock is one of the country’s largest privately owned Pepsi-Cola bottlers with 14 distribution centers in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Its distribution area covers a population of 6.5 million. Employees represented by the suit contend that Buffalo Rock violated the Fair Labor ... Read More

Missouri restaurant pays back wages and penalties for FLSA violations

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has cited a Missouri restaurant with numerous violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to a report in the Bolivar Herald-Free Press. Smith’s restaurant in Bolivar will pay more than $36,000 in fines and back wages stemming from its violations of the FLSA’s overtime, minimum wage, and child labor regulations. $34,625 of the money recovered by the Wage and Hour Division will compensate 54 employees for back wages. Investigators found the restaurant had violated minimum wage laws by skimming money from the servers’ hourly pay to compensate bus staff. The ... Read More

Woman crusades against epidemic of wage theft

Kim Bobo believes that employers in the United States are stealing from their workers. Not just nickels and dimes and not just in isolated incidents. She claims that the theft is rampant — that it has become a “national crisis at this moment in our nation” to the tune of $19 billion per year in unpaid overtime alone. Bobo is the founder and executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice, an organization that appeals to the shared convictions of all religions in protecting the rights of the everyday worker, especially low-wage workers. Bobo alleges that in meat processing plants, retail businesses, ... Read More