Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
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Date: April 13, 2015
Contact: Jose A Carnevali or Leo Kay
Phone: 415-625-2631 or 415-625-2630
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
Release Number: 15-573-SAN (SF-31)
US Department of Labor recovers more than $101K in overtime back wages, damages for 14 caregivers at South San Francisco-area assisted living facilities
Employer: Escueta Care Home
Sites: Three facilities at 1873 West Street, 1889 West Street, and 23571 Ronald Lane, in Hayward, California.
Investigation findings: The employer failed to pay time and one-half for hours worked beyond 40 in a work week and instead paid the caregivers straight time for all their hours in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Resolution: Investigators from the Wage and Hour Division’s San Jose Area Office established that 14 caregivers working at three different locations under the same employer were owed $50,666 in unpaid overtime wages and an additional $50,666 in damages. Escueta Care Home has agreed to pay all the back wages due and the assessed damages.
Quote: “We continue to see widespread violations in an industry where unscrupulous employers are cheating their workers of their basic employment rights. These employees, who provide care to the most vulnerable, the elderly and the ill, deserve better. The Wage Hour Division will continue to assist both employers and employees and will not hesitate to enforce the workers’ rights to receive legally mandated compensation for all of the hours they work” said Susana Blanco, the division’s district director in San Francisco.
Information: For more information about federal wage laws administered by the Wage and Hour Division, call the agency’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Information also is available at http://www.dol.gov/whd.
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