Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
U.S. Department of Labor
US Labor Department secures more than $285,000 in back wages for almost 200 Texas and Wisconsin workers
EL PASO, Texas -- A total of 197 UFE Inc. current and former workers in El Paso, Texas, and Osceola and Dresser, Wis., have received $285,654 in minimum wage and overtime back wages following an agreement reached between the company and the U.S. Department of Labor.
Seventy-eight employees in El Paso were paid $80,411, and 119 employees at UFE’s two Wisconsin plants received $205,243.
“Employers must ensure they compensate their workers for all hours worked,” said Patricia Davidson, the Wage and Hour Division’s district director in Albuquerque, N.M. “The Wage and Hour Division is committed to ensuring that workers receive the wages they have rightfully earned.”
Wage and Hour Division investigators based in Albuquerque and in Minneapolis, Minn., found that UFE violated minimum wage and overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act when the company failed to pay employees in late December 2009 and early January 2010.
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 of pay, including commissions, bonuses and incentive pay, for hours worked beyond 40 per week. Employers must also maintain accurate time and payroll records. Multiple locations owned and controlled by the same person with the same business purposes are considered an enterprise under the FLSA.
For more information about the FLSA, please call the Wage and Hour Division’s Albuquerque District Office at 505-248-6100 or the division’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). More information is also available at http://www.dol.gov/whd.
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