As a follow up to my post yesterday about the FLSA turning 80 years old last month, I decided to look at some of the big cases involving the FLSA. Perusing the US Department of Labor newsroom here is what I found:
- S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in U.S. District Court Ordering Oklahoma Restaurant to Pay $335,687 in Back Wages and Liquidated Damages
- S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in New Jersey Gas Station Owner Paying $132,735 in Back Wages
- Tennessee Manufacturer Pays $50,000 in Back Wages and Damages
- S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Federal Court Ordering West Virginia Company to Pay $1,635,804 in Back Wages, Damages
- Michigan Ski Resort to Pay $60,500 in Back Wages and Penalties for Violations of Foreign Visa Program and Child Labor Laws
- S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Amarillo Meat Market and Restaurant Paying $74,388 to Resolve Overtime and Child Law Violations and Penalties
- S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Manhattan Restaurants Paying $363,284 in Wages and Damages to 109 Employees
- S. Department of Labor Recovers $86,486 for Employees at Mission Viejo Residential Care Facilities After Investigation
- S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Florida Lawn Care Service Paying $55,345 in Back Wages
- Arizona Restaurant to Pay $179,800 in Back Wages, Damages, And Penalties After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation
- South Florida Medical Transportation Company Pays $222,059 in Back Wages for Overtime Violations after U.S. Department of Labor Investigation
In just these 11 cases these employers paid out over $3 million in back wages and penalties. Plus the resultant bad press. Plus the resultant bad employee relations.
It is just not worth the price to be that ignorant.