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CEMEX To Pay Over $1.5 Million in Overtime Back Pay to 1,705 Workers

January 12, 2011

According to a recent news development that our Riverside employment attorneys have been watching, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has filed a consent judgment in a lawsuit against CEMEX, Inc., the biggest supplier of ready-mix concrete and cement in this country, and recovered $1,514,449 in overtime back wages for over 1,700 former and current drivers, working in eight states.

U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis claimed in a statement that the legal action against the company involving over $1.5 million in back wages for over 1,700 workers was pursued to ensure that CEMEX ceases to violate federal overtime laws in the future and right now, as the top priority of the DOL is to ensure that workers are paid their full wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The DOL Wage and Hour Division reportedly began the investigation in Florida, with local workers who claimed that they were experiencing wage and hour violations after their employer failed to compensate the "pay-per-load" workers for all hours worked beyond 40 in a week of employment. The investigation then covered eight other states, including California, Texas, Georgia, Arizona, New Mexico, North and South Carolina.

As we reported in a recent blog, under the FLSA, covered employees must be paid at least $7.25, the federal minimum wage, for all hours worked, plus one and one half times their regular pay rate, which includes commissions, incentive pay, and bonuses, for all hours worked beyond forty in a workweek. Employers are also required under the FLSA to maintain payroll and time records that are accurate.

Our Carson-based employment and labor attorneys are committed to representing individuals who have experienced violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as California Labor Codes in Orange County and throughout Southern California. Contact us today, for a free consultation about your rights.

US Labor Department Resolves Back Wage Case Against Houston-based CEMEX, U.S. Department of Labor News Release, December 30, 2010

Related Web Resources:

U.S. Department of Labor: Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)