A U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation recovered more than $90,000 in back wages for 33 employees at two Mississippi glass companies.
The department’s investigation determined that Paul’s Discount Glass Inc. failed to pay overtime as required by U.S. labor laws.
Paul’s Discount Glass Inc. in Petal, Miss., and Paul’s Discount Glass & Tire Inc. in Laurel, Miss., paid a fixed weekly salary for 45 hours per week to auto glass installers and auto mechanics, which is a violation, according to the department, of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime provision. Employees working more than 40 hours per week must be compensated with overtime pay.
The department also cited the company for failure to maintain accurate pay records.
“Overtime and other wage violations are all too common among the auto care industry,” Wage and Hour Division District Director Audrey Hall says in a statement from the department. “Employers who fail to comply with the law and pay fair wages wind up hurting the people they depend on most, their employees.” Hall adds that the division will continue to hold employers accountable when they fail to uphold obligations to employees, and that the division is available to assist employers with questions about or assistance in meeting obligations to employees.