Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
U.S. Department of Labor
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a legal action in the federal district court, Minneapolis, Minn., against Franklin Drywall Inc., St. Paul, and company president Philip J. Franklin for alleged violations of the minimum wage and overtime pay provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
The departmentís Wage and Hour Divisionís investigation alleges that since March 2005, Franklin Drywall repeatedly and willfully violated the FLSA by failing to pay approximately 250 employees the federal minimum wage, and/or time and one-half their regular rates of pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 per week.
ďWhen employees, especially vulnerable workers such as we found in this case, are deprived of their rightful wages, employers should know the department will not hesitate to take legal action to recover those back wages if necessary,Ē said Jose Medina, director of the Wage and Hour Divisionís district office in Minneapolis, Minn.
The FLSA requires employees to be paid the federal minimum wage for all hours worked, and time and one-half their regular rates of pay for hours worked over 40 in a week unless an employee is exempt from overtime pay. Employers must also maintain accurate time and payroll records.
The federal minimum wage for covered, nonexempt employees is $7.25 per hour. For more information about the FLSA, call the Department of Laborís toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Information is also available on the Internet at www.wagehour.dol.gov.
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