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U.S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
Release Number: 12-1992-DEN

Date: 

Nov. 15, 2012

Contact: 

Juan Rodriguez

Phone: 

972-850-4709

US Labor Department investigation finds Flight Services and Systems underpaid Denver airport workers


Company has paid nearly $53,000 in back wages and penalties

DENVER -- Flight Services and Systems Inc. has paid $12,720 in back wages to 183 current and former airport employees in Denver following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division that found violations of the Fair Labor Standard Act’s minimum wage and record-keeping provisions. The division has assessed the employer $40,260 in civil money penalties for the repeat and/or willful nature of the violations.

“The company previously was cited for similar FLSA violations and has reneged on its promise to maintain compliance with the law,” said Cynthia Watson, regional administrator for the division in the Southwest. “The penalties assessed against Flight Services and Systems illustrate the Labor Department’s commitment to protecting workers and deterring willful and/or repeated violations of the laws.”

The investigation, which was conducted by the division’s Denver District Office, found that the company made improper deductions from employees’ paychecks for uniforms that resulted in their pay falling below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. The company also failed to maintain accurate records of employees’ wages and work hours.

Cleveland, Ohio-based Flight Services and Systems employs about 1,200 employees who serve as wheelchair valets, skycaps, electric cart drivers, baggage handlers and security guards at 20 airports nationwide. The company has agreed to comply with the FLSA in the future, and has paid in full all back wages and civil money penalties owed.

The FLSA requires that covered employees be paid at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 for all hours worked, plus time and one-half their regular rates, including commissions, bonuses and incentive pay, for hours worked beyond 40 per week. Additionally, employers must maintain accurate time and payroll records.

For more information about federal wage laws, call the Wage and Hour Division’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243) or its Denver office at 504-589-6171. Information also is available at http://www.dol.gov/whd.

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