The U.S. Labor Department (DOL) recently announced that Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., following a 2006 judgment, has paid 211 employees $227,792 in back wages. The wage awards went to current and former technicians at its Houston and Bayport chemical plants.
The DOL alleged Fair Labor Standards Act violations following an investigation into Goodyear’spractices.
According to Goodyear, the lawsuit involved a “technical issue of federal law dealing with the calculation of overtime pay for certain 12-hour shift employees.”
Final tip: Wage-and-hour claims are on the rise, and are often brought as class-action lawsuits. When that happens, small underpayments can turn into large settlements, with the underpayments being multiplied by hundreds —or even thousands—of employees.