Tuesday, 28 June 2022 14:19

Florida Repair Shop Must Pay $72,000 in Overtime Wages to Employees

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A&G Auto Service and Repair Inc., operating as Magic Wheels Auto World Inc., in Brooksville, FL, must pay 12 employees a total of $72,174 for back overtime, the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Wage and Hour Division announced.

Investigators found A&G Auto Service and Repair Inc. paid a salary for all hours employees worked and did not pay the required half-time for overtime hours worked. The employer also misapplied overtime exemptions for two supervisors who failed to meet the criteria for an exemption.


Additionally, the division found the employer misclassified three individuals as independent contractors and paid them on a salary basis as well, failing to pay them for overtime hours worked, all Fair Labor Standards Act violations.  


“As employers struggle to find the people they need to operate their businesses successfully, retaining and recruiting workers will be more difficult for employers who violate workers’ rights to be paid their full wages and benefits,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Nicolas Ratmiroff in Tampa, FL.


“In fiscal year 2021, the division recovered more than $4.3 million in back wages for more than 3,500 workers in the auto repair industry, where we too often find employers in violation of the law," Ratmiroff said. "We encourage others to review their pay practices or risk losing the workers they need to keep their shops running.”


Employers can contact the Wage and Hour Division at its toll-free number, 1-866-4-US-WAGE.


Workers can call the Wage and Hour Division confidentially with questions---regardless of their immigration status---and the department can speak with callers in more than 200 languages.


Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor Wage and Hour Division