Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
U.S. Department of Labor
Houston janitorial services company agrees to pay more than $104,000 in back wages to 81 workers following Labor Department investigation
HOUSTON -- CAM Cleaning Services LLC in Houston - doing business as CAM Cleaning Services Inc., CAM Building Services Inc. and CAM Commercial Services Inc. – has agreed to pay $104,374 in overtime back wages to 81 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.
“Workers in the janitorial industry are among the most vulnerable in the workforce,” said Cynthia Watson, regional administrator for the Wage and Hour Division in the Southwest. “These employees worked more than 40 hours in a week without overtime compensation. This practice is illegal and unacceptable. The Labor Department will use every enforcement tool necessary to ensure that employees are paid their rightful wages.”
An investigation by the division’s Houston District Office found that the employer paid workers “straight time’ wages for all hours worked with no overtime premium for hours beyond 40 in a week. The company also failed to maintain required record keeping.
The FLSA requires that covered, nonexempt 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. Employers are also required to maintain accurate time and payroll records.
CAM Cleaning Services provides janitorial services to commercial customers in the Houston area. In addition to paying the back wages owed, the company has agreed to comply fully with the FLSA in the future.
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 the division’s Houston office at 713-339-5500. Information also is available at http://www.dol.gov/whd.
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