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U.S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
Release Number: DOL-WH-09-1003-DAL

Date: 

Friday, Jan. 22, 2010

Contact: 

Elizabeth Todd

Phone: 

972-850-4710

US Labor Department takes legal action to recover back wages for 58 Little Rock, Ark., employees


2 security companies owe more than $100,000 to 58 guards

LITTLE ROCK, Ark -- The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against two Little Rock-area security companies and their owner to recover $113,489 in unpaid back wages for 58 workers.

The Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division investigators in Little Rock found that Security Express Inc. failed to pay 58 security guards required wages, benefits and overtime under the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA). The company also failed to maintain required records.

The suit was filed against Security Express Inc., Broadway Protection and their owner, Granville Broadway. It seeks to debar the company from future government contracts. Security Express Inc. currently holds a contract with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to guard prisoners at a Forrest City, Ark., hospital.

“The Wage and Hour Division seeks to recover the full amount in back wages these 58 workers are owed,” said Cynthia Watson, the division’s regional administrator for the Southwest. “This legal action demonstrates the Labor Department’s commitment to ensuring that all workers are compensated for their time in the workplace.”

The SCA covers contracts entered into by federal agencies where the principal purpose of the contract is to furnish services in the United States through the use of service employees. This law requires that every federal service contract in excess of $2,500 contain a wage determination reflecting wages and fringe benefits prevailing in the locality or contained in the collective bargaining agreement of the predecessor contractor

Under the CWHSSA, security guards working on federal contracts must receive time and one-half their regular rate of pay when they work more than 40 hours in a workweek.

For more information about wage and hour laws, call the Wage and Hour Division’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243), visit the Internet at www.wagehour.dol.gov or contact the division’s Arkansas-Oklahoma District Office at 501-223-9114.

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