Seventy current and former landscaping employees will rake in $106,818 following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation of their Midland employer’s wage-and-hour practices.
Wage and Hour Division investigators found that the company, Turf Specialties, violated just about every key requirement of the Fair Labor Standards Act (). The company paid employees a fixed, biweekly salary that frequently amounted to less than the federal minimum wage.
Investigators uncovered evidence that the company failed to pay overtime when employees worked more than 40 hours per week.
Turf Specialties also made improper deductions from employees’ paychecks for uniforms, broken tools and equipment damage. Also, employees designated as crew leaders were improperly classified asfrom the FLSA’s overtime provision.