US Labor Department recovers more than $18,000 in back wages for workers at Sunrise Hospitality hotels in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania
The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $18,792 in back wages for 96 current and former workers at 16 hotels operated by Wauseon-based Sunrise Hospitality Inc. in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania, following an investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division that found the chain had violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay its employees minimum wage and overtime compensation for all hours of their work. The company also violated the act’s record-keeping provisions by failing to maintain accurate records of employees’ wages and work hours.
“One of the most common violations in the hospitality industry is the failure of employers to properly record and compensate employees for all hours worked,” said George Victory, director of the division’s district office in Columbus. “The Wage and Hour Division has stepped up its enforcement efforts to identify, target and remedy wage violations that deprive workers of the full and fair compensation guaranteed to them by law.” The investigation found that Sunrise Hospitality violated the FLSA by failing to pay employees for pre- and post-shift work, and for deducting breaks of less than 20 minutes from hours worked. In addition, the employees were not paid proper overtime compensation because the employer paid time and one-half their regular rates of pay after 80 hours worked in a two-week period, rather than after 40 hours in a workweek. Further, the company failed to maintain proper wage records by not recording required pre- and post-shift work in the total hours calculated. (click on link to read full story)
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