Warehouse workers in Atlanta are owed overtime and minimum wage. The employer tried to avoid overtime by paying warehouse workers a salary instead of by the hour.
The Atlanta, Georgia-based warehouse and food distributor for restaurants in the Southeast U.S. will pay $1,794,753 in back wages and liquidated damages to 130 employees.
What does Spiderman have to do with Overtime Violations?
With increased power to monitor employee activities does not come more power to deduct rest breaks and meal periods as unpaid time. Just because technology gives greater power to track employee activities; there is still responsibility to treat short breaks and meal periods as paid time under the FLSA.
Not every short break can be deducted as unpaid time under the FLSA. Software can now track both work tasks and when the call center employee is not working on those tasks. Despite more accurate monitoring, there is still a responsibility to treat short breaks as paid time.
If you regularly work off the clock, you may not even be making minimum wage for all time worked. When that extra unpaid time is averaged into your weekly wages or salary, your effective hourly pay rate may fall below the minimum wage.
The Liberty County, Georgia Board of Commissioners agreed to pay $209,106 in back wages to 131 employees for violations of the overtime and record keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
The Hinesville, Georgia-based employer failed to pay courthouse guards, jail guards, and patrolmen for all the hours that they worked, including: mandatory meetings, training sessions, and times when they covered shifts for other employees. These unpaid hours resulted in overtime violations when the employees worked more than 40 hours in a work.