Florida Transportation Company to Pay $75k for Overtime Violations
Care Transport Service LLC, a South Florida medical transportation service company, will pay $75,358 in back wages to 51 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found the employer violated overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Department of Labor investigators determined that Care Transport Service LLC failed to pay drivers for time they spent working from home confirming their appointments with patients for the following day. This practice resulted in overtime violations when these employees worked more than 40 hours per week and were not paid time-and-one-half for those hours. Additionally, the employer inaccurately classified one salaried dispatcher as exempt from overtime, resulting in the company paying him a set salary without overtime when he worked more than 40 hours per week. Care Transport Service LLC’s failure to maintain accurate records of the number of hours employees worked resulted in a recordkeeping violation.
“When employers fail to pay employees the wages they have legally earned, it not only harms those employees but also allows those companies to gain an unfair economic advantage over their law-abiding competitors,” said Tony Pham, Wage and Hour Division District Director in Miami. “We encourage employers to contact us with any questions they may have, and to use the wide variety of tools we offer to help them understand their obligations and to comply with the law.”
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