San Diego contractor, Watkins Environmental Inc., has been ordered by the U.S. Department of Labor to pay substantial amounts in back wages and liquidated damages to over 100 employees.
The contractor allegedly violated overtime and minimum wage regulations by denying rightful compensation to its construction workers. Additionally, hourly employees were not paid for pre-work time and mandatory training, resulting in further violations. The Fair Labor Standards Act mandates accurate and complete employee records, which the company was found to be lacking.
Instances like the Watkins International back pay issue are unfortunately common in the construction industry, and the Department of Labor is committed to holding employers accountable for failing to pay employees their rightful wages.
According to Wage and Hour Division District Director Min Park-Chung in San Diego, such practices not only make it difficult for workers to meet their financial obligations but also create an unfair advantage for non-compliant employers over law-abiding competitors.
As a result of the investigation, 125 affected employees received a collective sum of $181,722 in back wages, along with an equal amount in liquidated damages. Additionally, Watkins Environmental Inc. was required to pay $28,462 in civil money penalties.
If you or someone you know has faced similar wage violations or labor injustices, don’t hesitate to contact Labor Law Advocates. Our dedicated team specializes in employment law and can provide the guidance and support needed to protect your rights. Reach out to us today and take the first step towards seeking justice and fair treatment in the workplace.