Some may see this as part of the Obama administration’s alleged “war on Christmas.” In reality it was a simple enforcement action.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently played the Grinch by filing a lawsuit against a Dallas company that installs and removes Christmas lights. The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division last year investigated The Christmas Light Co. and its owner, finding that the company paid employees a flat rate for installing and removing Christmas lights without regard to the number of hours the employees worked. Investigators also contend the company failed to pay employees overtime and didn’t maintain the payroll records required by the Fair Labor Standards Act ().
The DOL’s lawsuit seeks back wages, liquidated damages and an injunction against future FLSA violations.
By this time next year, The Christmas Light Co.—if found liable—could be brightening up the holidays for 233 employees who will be eligible to split approximately $240,881 in wages, plus an additional amount in liquidated damages.