The business-oriented social media site LinkedIn has agreed to pay $3,346,195 in overtime back wages and $2,509,646 in damages to 359 former and current employees.
While that’s a big hit for serious violations, the Department of Labor (DOL) had nothing but good things to say about LinkedIn. “This company has shown a great deal of integrity by fully cooperating with investigators and stepping up to the plate without hesitation to help make workers whole,” said David Weil, administrator of the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division.
Labor Department investigators found that LinkedIn was in violation of the overtime and record-keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (). Some of the violations occurred when employees worked unauthorized overtime. When notified of the violations, LinkedIn agreed to pay all the overtime back wages due and take proactive steps to prevent violations in the future.
In addition to paying back wages and liquidated damages, LinkedIn agreed to provide FLSA compliance training and distribute its policy prohibiting off-the-clock work toand their managers.