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DOL files back-Wage suit against Aggregate Industries

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in Compensation and Benefits,Employment Law,Human Resources

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $1 million in back wages for 302 Denver-area employees of Aggregate Industries in Golden.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Denver, claims the company paid truck drivers on a per-load basis without regard to the number of hours they worked, resulting in unpaid overtime.

The company agreed to come into compliance in the future, but refused to pay the computed back wages.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that employers pay covered workers at least the federal minimum wage, and time and a half for all hours in excess of 40 worked in a single week. Employers that pay employees based on production rather than hours are still required to keep accurate records of wages and hours. If those numbers don’t add up to minimum wage—and overtime pay when applicable—they’re violating the FLSA.

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