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U.S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
Release Number: 13-1341-SAN (SF-122)

Date: 

Aug. 7, 2013

Contact: 

Deanne Amaden, Jose A. Carnevali

Phone: 

415-625-2630, 415-625-2631

US Department of Labor recovers more than $124,000 in overtime back wages for 79 workers of Tyr Tactical LLC, of Peoria, Ariz.


PHOENIX -- Tyr Tactical LLC, a military and protective gear manufacturer, has paid $124,239 in back wages to 79 current and former workers after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that Tyr Tactical violated the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Investigators from the divisions’ Phoenix District Office found that the employer paid hourly workers straight time wages for all hours worked without any overtime premium for hours worked beyond 40 per week, as required by the FLSA.

“These low-wage employees often worked an average of 60 hours per week, and this violation made a significant dent in their paychecks. Protecting and securing employees’ basic workplace rights under the FLSA are central to what we do at the department,” said Eric Murray, director of the Wage and Hour Division’s Phoenix District Office. “It is always a good outcome when an employer takes immediate action to come into compliance and pay back wages. This violation could have been avoided if the employer did his homework. We recommend that employers check with the Wage and Hour Division website, or call a local office when contemplating major wage and hour policy decisions.”

Tyr Tactical agreed to comply with all provisions of the FLSA, and has paid back wages, putting hard-earned dollars into the hands of workers.

The FLSA requires that covered employees be paid at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, as well as one and one-half times their regular rates for every hour they work beyond 40 per week. The law also requires employers to maintain accurate records of employees’ wages, hours and other conditions of employment, and prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who exercise their rights under the law. The FLSA provides that employers who violate the law are generally liable to employees for their back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages, which are paid directly to the affected employees.

The company manufactures and sells accessories and protective equipment, such as bulletproof vests and specialized backpacks and pouches. Clients include security agents, law enforcement officers, active-duty military personnel and the public.

For more information about the FLSA and other federal laws, call the Wage and Hour Division’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243) or the division’s Phoenix District Office at 602-514-7100. Information is also available at http://www.dol.gov/whd.

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