Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
U.S. Department of Labor
NEW YORK -- Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, MTP Operating Corp., which operates a chain of 15 parking garages throughout New York City, has paid 68 employees a total of $191,895 in overtime back wages found due under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
The investigation found that these workers had been paid straight time for all hours worked and that they worked, on average, 60 hours per week. The FLSA requires that employees be paid at least the federal minimum wage, and time and one-half their regular rates of pay for hours worked beyond 40 per week. The law also requires that employers maintain accurate records of employees’ wages, hours and other conditions of employment.
MTP Operating Corp., based at 20 W. 46th St. in Manhattan, has 15 garage locations operating under 12 different corporate names. All locations were investigated, and the back wages found due are for the period from April 23, 2005, through April 21, 2007.
After being informed of the investigation’s findings, the company agreed to pay employees the back wages due and pledged full future compliance with the requirements of the FLSA.
“We are always pleased when we present our findings to employers and are met with cooperation rather than resistance,” said Philip Jacobson, director of the Wage and Hour Division’s district office in New York City. “It is the goal of the Wage and Hour Division and should be the goal of all employers to make sure that workers are paid properly for all the hours they work.”
Information about the FLSA’s requirements may be obtained by calling the Department of Labor’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Information is also available on the Internet at www.wagehour.dol.gov. The Wage and Hour Division’s New York City District Office can be reached at 212-264-8185.
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