Fontana, California, Pallet Company to Pay $289,215 in Back Wages and Damages for Overtime Violations
WEST COVINA, CA – The U.S. Department of Labor and a Fontana pallet manufacturing company have reached an agreement to resolve overtime and recordkeeping violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The agreement requires Forest Green Products Inc. to pay $289,215 in back wages and liquidated damages to 60 employees.
Investigators with the Department’s Wage and Hour Division found that Forest Green Products Inc. failed to pay required overtime rates when its employees worked more than 40 hours per week.
In its investigation, the Division determined that Forest Green paid employees only up to 40 hours per week on the payroll, with any additional hours being paid at straight time, in cash, off the books. The employer also failed to maintain an accurate record of the number of hours employees worked, as required by federal law.
“Failing to pay hard-earned overtime hurts employees, and places other employers at a competitive disadvantage,” said Wage and Hour District Director Danny Pasquil, in West Covina. “Agreements like these demonstrate our determination to level the playing field for law-abiding employers.”
The FLSA requires that employees receive one-and-one-half times their regular rates of pay when they work more than 40 hours in a work week and that employers maintain adequate and accurate records of employees’ wages and work hours.
Employees and employers with questions about the FLSA or any of the federal wage laws administered by the Division should call the agency’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). All calls are confidential. More information is available online at http://www.dol.gov/whd/.