Cell phone retailer sued by former workers

A Midwestern cell phone retailer is being sued for time and attendance violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act on behalf of 83 employees working in multiple stores owned by the company, according to the Dayton Daily News. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio's Western Division to address issues that date back to May 2011.

The complaint states the company did not meet federal minimum wage standards, failed to pay overtime or compensate for travel when employees were made to work between locations, inaccurate employee time keeping practices and paying workers in cash.

The owner of the company was investigated by the Wage and Hour division of the U.S. Department of Labor, and violations were found in 13 of the 14 locations under two separate LLC business entities owned by the same individual.

Under the FLSA guidelines, employers are subject to fines of $1,100 for each instance of a single or repeat offense, as well as for misconduct that was purposely committed. In this case, it was determined the owner of the cell phone retailer must pay $226,905 in back pay to workers affected by this claim.


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