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Las Vegas Supermarket Company Fined Over $63K for Wage and Hour Violations

January 5, 2011

Our Chino Hills labor and employment lawyers have been following the recent news that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has fined a local Las Vegas supermarket company $63,470 for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by failing to compensate employees with overtime pay provisions.

These violations were reportedly discovered by the DOL after the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) conducted an investigation on Kwong Yet Lung, Co. Inc, that operates as a food distributor and supermarket, owning and operating the International Market Place supermarket, Quality Food Distributing, and Oasis Food Distributing. In a follow-up investigation the WHD determined that the company owed 119 workers $169 in back wages for overtime compensation that was not paid.

According to George Friday Jr., the administrator for the DOL's Western Region, an identical violation was found during a 1998 investigation, and the department will not hesitate to go after employers who repeatedly and willfully violate federal wage and hour laws.

The WHD investigators found that the company compensated employees with their regular hourly rate for overtime, instead of the FLSA's legal requirement of time and one-half their regular rates of pay for all hours worked beyond 40 in a workweek, a topic our Carson, California employment attorneys discussed in a related blog.

The employer also allegedly failed to combine the total hours that employees worked at the company's multiple locations, when deciding on whether employees should receive overtime for any hours worked past 40 in a week. Also, the employer was found to engage in employee misclassification, as some workers who should have received overtime, were reportedly compensated on a salaried basis.

Our Orange County, California labor and employment attorneys represent individuals who have experienced wage and hour violations in Orange County and throughout Southern California. Contact us today to discuss your employment rights.

US Department of Labor Fines Las Vegas Supermarket and Food Distributor More than $63,000 for Willful Violations of Overtime Pay Laws, U.S. Department of Labor Press Release, December 8, 2010

Related Web Resources:

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

Department of Labor (DOL): Wage and Hour Division (WHD)