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Wage and Hour Division
Release Number: 13-245-PHI (wh 13-010)

Date: 

Feb. 21, 2013

Contact: 

Leni Fortson or Joanna Hawkins

Phone: 

215-861-5102 or 215-861-5101

Cyrilla Landscaping pays more than $78,000 in back wages, liquidated damages following US Labor Department investigation

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. -- Cyrilla Landscaping & Supply Co., doing business as Cyrilla Landscaping, has paid a total of $39,091 in back wages to 29 employees following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division that found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime provisions. The company was also required to pay an additional $39,091 in liquidated damages, which will also be disbursed to the affected employees.

“Workers in the landscaping industry are among the most vulnerable in the workforce,” said John DuMont, director of the Wage and Hour Division’s Pittsburgh District Office. “The affected employees will now get the overtime wages they were entitled to receive by law. This case demonstrates the department’s commitment to use every enforcement tool necessary to ensure that workers are paid the wages they have rightfully earned.”

An investigation conducted by the division’s Pittsburgh District Office found that the company violated the FLSA’s overtime provisions by paying workers “straight time” wages for hours worked over 40 in a week, rather than time and one-half their regular rates of pay, as required. The employer moved overtime hours to a separate payroll and paid for those hours with separate checks. The investigation also disclosed that the employer paid some employees in cash, without recording their hours worked or their payment received, in violation of the FLSA’s record-keeping requirements. Additionally, payroll records were not maintained for the required length of time.

The firm agreed to full future compliance with the FLSA and agreed to pay the back wages and liquidated damages found due in full. The FLSA provides that employers who violate the law are, as a general rule, liable to employees for their back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages. Liquidated damages are paid directly to the affected employees.

Cyrilla Landscaping is a full-service commercial and residential landscaping provider in Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities.

The FLSA requires that covered employees be paid at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 for all hours worked, plus time and one-half their regular rates, including commissions, bonuses and incentive pay, for hours worked beyond 40 in a seven-day week. In general, hours worked includes all time an employee must be on duty, or on the employer’s premises or at any other prescribed place of work, from the beginning of the first principal work activity to the end of the last principal activity of the workday. Additionally, the law requires that accurate records of employees’ wages, hours and other conditions of employment be maintained.

For more information about the FLSA and other federal wage laws, call the Wage and Hour Division’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243) or visit http://www.dol.gov/whd.

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