South Carolina cement workers to receive owed overtime pay

Houston-based Cemex Inc. has been ordered by the U.S. Department of Labor to pay backlogged overtime pay to 1,705 employees in South Carolina and eight additional states, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal reports.

The judgment requires more than $1.5 million in overtime pay to be issued to the large number of cement-mixer truck drivers who did not receive "pay-per-load" compensation beyond their regularly scheduled 40-hour work week. The Department of Labor issued an order compelling Cemex to meet standards set by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

"Ensuring that workers are paid their full wages is a top priority of this department," Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said in a news release. "Earning overtime pay is how many Americans make ends meet, even though working long hours often means significant sacrifices for workers and their families."

The payment orders were issued after an investigation in Tampa, Florida, by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour unit, which revealed workers were not fairly compensated beyond the 40-hour threshold.

In addition to South Carolina, investigations of Cemex branches were conducted in Arizona, California, Georgia, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas, according to the Department of Labor. Each overtime worker is expected to receive approximately $888 in back payments.

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