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Hotel Workers in Southeast Texas Receive $285,000 in Back Wages, Damages

An investigation into the Baymont Inn, Super 8 and Travelodge Hotel of Galveston, TX conducted by the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Labor Department found that the employer failed to pay over 125 workers overtime wages in Fiscal Year 2016.

During their investigation, the Wage and Hour Division found that the employers paid their employees straight time for overtime hours, had employees working off the clock, did not pay employees for mandatory training time and violated child labor restrictions.

The employees affected by their employer’s actions will receive $285,000 in liquidated damages and back wages. In many cases, the amount some will receive will total more than six months’ worth of wages.

“The violations we have found are all too common in this industry. For many workers, the funds we recovered for them are very significant sums,” said Betty Campbell, regional administrator for the Wage and Hour Division in the Southwest. “The findings in these cases tell us we still have work to do. Our ongoing enforcement initiative will continue to use every enforcement tool we have available, such as administrative subpoenas, liquidated damages, and civil money penalties to create incentives for employers to comply with federal wage and hour laws, and to ensure that these workers take home every penny they have rightfully earned.”

At Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC, our Houston overtime attorneys have spent their careers fighting for the rights of workers throughout the United States, and have successfully recovered billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients since we first opened our doors. Give us a call to speak with a member of our firm, or fill out our online form to request a free case evaluation today.

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