Following a federal investigation, the U.S. Department of Labor fined an Idaho employer for denying 59 drywall installation workers overtime wages.
According to DOL, Eagle’s Intermountain Drywall and Acoustical Inc. intentionally denied their workers overtime wages and lied about it, triggering the investigation which found $221,053 in back wages and liquidated damages for the 59 employees.
The employer denying the staffers overtime pay violates the Fair Standards Act that says, covered nonexempt workers must receive overtime pay for working over 40 hours per workweek.
The news release said the company ‘repeatedly’ told the investigators that the employees were being paid time-and-one-half their rates after working over 40 hours. This was untrue as the employers did not pay overtime.
According to the release, the Department of Labor’s investigation led to the recovery of $110,526 in unpaid overtime wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages for the employees.
Intermountain Drywall and Acoustical was fined $22,560 in civil penalties.
“Shortchanging employees who work long, hard hours to provide shelter and safety to so many is unfair and illegal. Then, Intermountain Drywall and Acoustical lied to federal investigators. It’s hard to understand how they thought that would end well,” Wage and Hour Division District Director Carrie Aguilar said. “In this case, the employer has learned that such actions have significant and costly consequences. We encourage other construction industry employers to avoid making similar mistakes.”