A Malvern publishing company was recently found to be in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by a federal judge. According to reports, the company docked telemarketing workers for essentially all time that they were not making sales calls. This included taking rest, water, and bathroom breaks. As a result, wages were sometimes brought below the standard for federal minimum wage.
The U.S. Department of Labor believes that the violations occurred through June 2013 and, while the exact amount of the damages has yet to be determined, Progressive Business Publications and owner Edward Satell are responsible for at least $1.75 million. The back wages and damages are owed to more than 6,000 employees who worked within the company’s 14 call centers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New Jersey.
During the two years of litigation, Progressive refused to come into compliance. This can result in a significant increase in the amount due to employees who are owed back wages and damages.
On December 16, 2015, a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania made their ruling. As part of the case, an investigation by the Wage and Hour Division showed that the workers were required to clock in and out every time they took a break, no matter the duration. This meant that even the shortest breaks were deducted from the workers’ total hours.
At Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC, we believe that all employees should be able to protect their rights. Our national wage and hour law lawyers work hard for our clients. We are honest and reliable so you can trust that your case is in good hands. Need to file a lawsuit? Contact our firm today. We’re here to help protect you from violations of the FLSA and safeguard your rights as an employee.