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U.S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
Release Number: 09-1173-CHI


Oct. 1, 2008


Scott Allen or Brad Mitchell



U.S. Department of Labor files complaint to recover wages owed to 52 workers at Transformation House Inc.

ANOKA, Minn. -- The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a legal action in federal district court, Minneapolis, Minn., against Transformation House Inc. and owner Betty Mathews, who operates a chemical dependency rehabilitation facility in Anoka, for alleged violations of the minimum wage and overtime pay provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

An investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division found that, since July 2006, Transformation House Inc. repeatedly and willfully has violated the FLSA by failing to pay 52 employees the federal minimum wage and time and one-half their regular rates of pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 per week.

“The Labor Department is committed to ensuring that all workers receive all wages to which they are legally entitled,” said Jose Medina, director of the Wage and Hour Division’s district office in Minneapolis.

The FLSA requires employees to be paid the federal minimum wage for all hours worked, and time and one-half their regular rates of pay for hours worked over 40 in a week unless an employee is exempt from overtime pay. Employers must also maintain accurate time and payroll records.

The federal minimum wage for covered, nonexempt employees is $7.25 per hour. For more information about the FLSA, call the Department of Labor’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Information is also available on the Internet at


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