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News Release

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Tennessee Paving Company Paying $77,467 in Back Wages to 43 Employees

ESTILL SPRINGS, TN – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, Tinsley Asphalt LLC, a Tennessee paving company, will pay $77,467 in back wages to 43 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

WHD investigators found that the Estill Springs-based company paid drivers their regular hourly rate regardless of how many hours they worked. Overtime violations resulted when these employees worked more than 40 hours in a workweek and received only their regular hourly rate, with no overtime. Tinsley Asphalt LLC failed to maintain or provide records showing the actual hours employees worked.

“The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to ensuring that all employees receive proper wages for all hours they have worked,” said Wage and Hour District Director Nettie Lewis, in Nashville. “The outcome of this investigation serves as a reminder to all employers to review their pay practices to confirm that workers are being paid according to the law. The Department will continue its work to level the playing field for employers who play by the rules, and to provide the tools to help all employers comply.”

For more information about the FLSA and other laws enforced by the Division, contact the Division’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Information is also available at including a search tool to use if you think you may be owed back wages collected by Division.

Wage and Hour Division
February 22, 2018
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Media Contact: Michael D'Aquino
Media Contact: Eric R. Lucero
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