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News Release

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $429,005 in Back Wages For Georgia Department of Corrections Officers

FORSYTH, GA – The Georgia Department of Corrections has paid $429,005 in back wages to 1,257 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation uncovered overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at more than 40 facilities statewide.

WHD investigators found that the Georgia Department of Corrections failed to pay employees who attended meetings and training for their time spent in those activities. It also failed to pay employees who worked beyond their assigned shifts to ensure coverage when other employees were late for work. In both scenarios, those unpaid hours resulted in overtime violations when employees worked more than 40 hours in a workweek.

Investigators also determined that the Georgia department failed to pay for any overtime hours worked in excess of 12 hours per pay period. WHD also found that the employer paid out any accrued compensatory time only bi-annually in May and December. This practice resulted in overtime violations when corrections employees left the job before either of these dates, and the state failed to pay out any compensatory time accrued since the previous payout.

"Georgia Department of Corrections' employees perform a difficult, dangerous, and indispensable job that is unquestionably vital to the safety of the community," said Wage and Hour Division District Director Eric Williams, in Atlanta, Georgia. "Their receipt of the wages they are entitled to under the law is imperative. We encourage all employers to make use of the many tools we offer to learn about their responsibilities and comply with the law."

For a complete list of the affected facilities, see the chart that follows this news release.

For more information about the FLSA and other laws enforced by the Wage and Hour Division, contact the toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Employers who discover overtime or minimum wage violations may self-report and resolve those violations without litigation through the PAID program. Information is also available at

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Corrections Facility

Back Wages

Appling Integrated Treatment Facility


Arrendale State Prison


Augusta State Medical Prison


Augusta Transitional Center


Autry State Prison


Bainbridge Probation Substance Abuse Treatment Center


Burruss Correctional Training Center


Calhoun State Prison


Class T-81 (Basic Correction Training Class)


Coastal State Prison


Coastal Transition Center


Columbus Transitional Center


Dodge State Prison


Dooly State Prison


Emanuel Probation Detention Center


Emanuel Women's Facility


Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison


Georgia State Prison


Hancock State Prison


Hays State Prison


Johnson State Prison


Lee State Prison


Long State Prison


Macon State Prison


McEver Probation Detention Center


Montgomery State Prison


Paulding Probation Detention Center


Phillips State Prison


Pulaski State Prison


Robert L. Patten Probation Detention Center


Rogers State Prison


Smith State Prison


Telfair State Prison


Treutlen Probation Detention Center


Valdosta State Prison


Valdosta Transitional Center


Walker State Prison


Ware State Prison


Washington State Prison


West Central Integrated Treatment Facility


Whitworth Women's Facility


Wilcox State Prison


Women's Probation Detention Center and Smith Transition Center


Wage and Hour Division
September 26, 2018
Release Number
Media Contact: Eric R. Lucero
Phone Number
Media Contact: Michael D'Aquino