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U.S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
Release Number: 12-1994-DAL

Date: 

Dec. 18, 2012

Contact: 

Elizabeth Todd, Juan Rodriguez

Phone: 

972-850-4710, 972-850-4709

US Department of Labor recovers more than $42,000 in overtime back wages for 18 employees of Lighthouse Electric in Tulsa, Okla.


Company violated Davis-Bacon and Related Acts

TULSA, Okla. -- Lighthouse Electric Inc. has paid $42,452 in overtime back wages to 18 current and former electricians following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, which found violations of the overtime and record-keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

“Employees are entitled to receive the wages they have rightfully earned,” said Cynthia Watson, regional administrator for the Wage and Hour Division in the Southwest. “In this case, the employer benefited by failing to pay employees for travel time to and from their work sites. This case should put other employers on notice to ensure that they are properly compensating their employees for all of the hours that they work.”

An investigation by the division’s Tulsa Area Office found that Lighthouse Electric failed to pay employees for time spent traveling to and from their facility to a work site. These unpaid hours resulted in overtime violations because employees then failed to receive payment at time and one-half their regular rates of pay for hours worked beyond 40 in a workweek, as required by the FLSA. Additionally, the company failed to maintain records required under the FLSA.

Lighthouse Electric employs nearly 85 workers who specialize in providing electrical services in the construction industry. The company has agreed to comply fully with the FLSA in the future. Back wages have been paid in full.

The FLSA requires that covered, nonexempt employees be paid at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour 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.

The department offers the “DOL Time Sheet” application, a mobile app that helps employees independently track the hours they work and the wages they are owed. Available in both English and Spanish, the app allows users to conveniently track their regular work hours, break time and any overtime hours they work. The app is available as a free download at http://www.dol.gov/whd.

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 Oklahoma City office at 405-231-4158. Information is also available at http://www.dol.gov/whd.

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