DOL Sues New Jersey Company for Overtime Wage Violations

In May of 2020, the Department of Justice (DOL) filed a lawsuit against FTR Electrical & HVAC Services for denying its employees their overtime wages. The New Jersey-based company faced accusations of violating several parts of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The DOJ filed the suit in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey, reaching an agreement of $712,000 to be paid by the company. According to an article published on Business Insider, the court ordered the company to pay “$355,846.92 in back wages for unpaid overtime and another $355,846.92 in liquidated damages to the 98 affected workers.” Furthermore, the company and its co-managers were required to pay an additional amount of $16,450. The case filing suggests that the defendants have agreed to pay the fines. 

Allegations Discussed in the Suit 

The article notes that FTR Electrical & HVAC Services provides air conditioning, heating, electrical, and ventilation services. Although the company's 89 employees regularly worked over 45 a week, their pay was allegedly capped at only eight hours and they were denied from receiving any overtime pay. The DOL added in the lawsuit that the company offered cash to the employees for some of the overtime hours they worked and requested that they not clock out, therefore, knowingly violating FLSA laws. Apart from withholding overtime wages, the company also faced allegations of not maintaining an accurate record of their employees’ hours and wages. The DOL’s District Director in the Wage and Hour Division in New Jersey state further explained the company’s infractions of willingly “depriving” employees of their earned wages “for the hard work they provided.” The suit also called for a “consent judgment” which will inhibit the company from violating any FLSA requirements in the future. 

Federal and State Laws on Wage and Hour Violations in New Jersey 

There are federal and state laws that protect individuals from wage violations in the workplace. According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees are entitled to receive overtime pay for any hours worked over 40 per workweek at a “rate not less than one and a half times the regular rate of pay.” The state of New Jersey acknowledges and upholds this law stating that employees are to be paid overtime wages for “each hour of working time in excess of 40 hours in any week.” Both state and federal regulations regarding overtime pay are in place to prohibit employers from refusing to pay their employees their earned wages. 

Seek Legal Assistance Today 

If your employer has refused to pay your rightfully earned wages, seek assistance from the Law Office of Christopher Q. Davis, located in New York City and Livingston, NJ. Contact us today at (646) 430-7930 to schedule a free case evaluation and receive experienced legal counsel. Our unpaid wages and overtime attorneys are ready to help with a free initial case evaluation.