Learning from your own mistakes is a good thing, but it’s even better to learn from someone else’s and avoid them completely. Today’s article is a cautionary story listing wage hour violations made by multi-million dollar organizations.
FLSA penalties committed repeatedly by large business owners can rack up massive penalties. Consider these settlements:
- Fed Ex agreed to pay drivers misclassified as independent contractors $240 million in back wages.
- After being served with four class action suits, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles agreed to compensate $27 million in back wages and legal expenses to workers who claimed they were owed for wage and break violations.
- Walmart and Sam’s Club settled a $62.2 million FLSA suit for insisting upon off-the-clock work, denying breaks, and shorting workers overtime earnings.
- Bank of America and subsidiary Merrill Lynch made a deal to recompense $14 million to settle two overtime class actions.
If mega-corporations with massive HR divisions, teams of accountants, and armies of attorneys are held accountable when they violate DOL regulations, it should concern SMBs with fewer resources. The WHD does not reveal details about its audits, but it’s evident that employers of all sizes are vulnerable to an audit—especially those in low-wage sectors.
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