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U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $82,468 in Wages for Employees After Investigation Finds South Carolina Auto Parts Supplier Missed Several Payrolls

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Quality Vision LLC – an automotive parts supplier based in North Charleston, South Carolina – has paid $82,468 in wages to 24 employees for violating minimum wage and overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

WHD investigators determined Quality Vision LLC violated the FLSA when it missed payrolls covering several bi-weekly pay periods and failed to pay employees any wages for those workweeks.

“Employers are required by the Fair Labor Standards Act to pay their employees all the wages they have legally earned,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Jamie Benefiel, in Columbia, South Carolina. “Missed payrolls place undue hardships on employees, greatly affecting their ability to provide for themselves and their families. We encourage employers and employees to contact the Wage and Hour Division directly if they have questions about compliance with federal pay requirements.”

The department offers numerous resources to ensure employers have the tools they need to understand their responsibilities and to comply with federal law, such as online videos, confidential calls, or in-person visits to local WHD offices.

For more information about the FLSA and other laws enforced by the WHD, 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 https://www.dol.gov/whd.

WHD’s mission is to promote and achieve compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of the nation's workforce. WHD enforces federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. WHD also enforces the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage garnishment provisions of the Consumer Credit Protection Act, and a number of employment standards and worker protections as provided in several immigration related statutes. Additionally, WHD administers and enforces the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act, and other statutes applicable to federal contracts for construction and for the provision of goods and services.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Agency
Wage and Hour Division
Date
December 19, 2019
Release Number
19-1813-ATL
Contact: Eric R. Lucero
Phone Number
Contact: Michael D'Aquino
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