Employers will do the darndest things to avoid paying overtime. Here’s a very extreme example.
According to a Department of Labor (DOL) investigation, Hamilton Avenue Animal Hospital lied on its payroll records to show that its employees were compensated for all overtime hours worked.
While the company did initially pay its workers overtime, the DOL claims the company allegedly required employees to return the overtime portion of their paychecks in cash.
The DOL is looking to recover $108,000 from the company, which includes $42,628.58 in overtime wages, $23,100.00 in civil penalties, and another $42,628.58 in liquidated damages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).