A Midwest-based tire company has been found to be in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to properly pay its employees. Best-One Tire, which has stores in 24 states -- California not included -- reportedly failed to pay over 1,000 employees overtime pay or paid them overtime rates lower than what the law requires. The company now has to pay those wages and make changes to how they will compensate employees going forward. While California residents may not be affected by this particular company, it is still a good read for anyone who believes that their employers are failing to provide adequate employment compensation.
According to a recent report, a two-year investigation into Best-One Tire by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division found that 1,056 employees were not properly compensated for their overtime work. A total of 835 employees are said to be owed $622,142 in overtime back pay, and another 221 employees are owed $401,666 for overtime back pay and other damages. The company has agreed to pay a total of $1,023,808 to the affected employees.
Anymore, a lot of people have to work overtime just to make ends meet. When their employers fail to compensate them for that time, it can have both financial and emotional consequences. It is not okay, and employers who violate overtime pay laws can be held accountable for their actions.
California residents who believe that they are victims of employment compensation violations can turn to legal counsel for help addressing the matter. Not only can an attorney assist one in getting a full-scale investigation into the issue started, but legal counsel can also help one pursue civil actions in an attempt to seek fair and full compensation for one's losses. While tackling wage and hour violations is not an easy thing and it can take time, with the right help, it may be possible to achieve relief.