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U.S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
Release Number: 12-1016-DAL

Date: 

July 16, 2012

Contact: 

Elizabeth Todd, Juan Rodriguez

Phone: 

972-850-4710, 972-850-4709

Espitia Cleaning Services in Arlington, Texas, pays more than $53,000 in overtime back wages following US Department of Labor investigation


ARLINGTON, Texas -- Espitia Cleaning Inc. in Arlington has paid $53,095 in back wages to 130 current and former janitors following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division that found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime and record-keeping provisions.

“These employees did not receive proper wages for all hours worked,” said Cynthia Watson, regional administrator for the Wage and Hour Division in the Southwest. “Janitorial workers are among the lowest paid employees in the nation, and this employer profited by failing to pay overtime compensation for hours worked over 40 in a week.”

An investigation by the division’s Dallas District Office found that the company paid janitors “straight time” for all hours worked. Additionally, required record keeping was not maintained.

Espitia Cleaning provides cleaning services to Albertsons Grocery Stores. This investigation affected workers located in Amarillo, Chatfield, Dallas, Fort Worth, Garland, Grand Prairie, Kerrville, Longview, Midland, Tyler and Wichita Falls, Texas, as well as in Bossier City, La.

Back wages have been paid in full. The company has agreed to fully comply with the FLSA in the future.

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 per 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 its Dallas District Office at 817-861-2150. Information also is available at http://www.dol.gov/whd.

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