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Ohio company dinged by DOL for wage/hour violations

We have duly noted in prior select blog posts at the established Dayton business law firm of Gottschlich & Portune that the employment law landscape in Ohio and nationally is notably broad.

One given case might involve a worker’s claim of harassment and company retaliation. Employment matters also frequently underscore issues linked with discrimination, injury claims, wrongful termination, employee evaluation/promotion and many other concerns.

A recent news release from the U.S. Department of Labor spotlights one of those “other” matters, particularly referencing an Ohio business.

The DOL’s specific focus in that communication is on wage-and-hour matters as addressed in the national Fair Labor Standards Act. The affected business is an Ohio bakery.

Unger’s Kosher Bakery Inc. is a Cleveland Heights enterprise. Investigators from the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division determined recently that the bakery’s owners were violating federal law by not paying more than two dozen workers the proper wages for overtime hours they worked. Labor regulators cited the business for that, mandating that it compensate those employees with back wages totaling more than $80,000.

A company probe reportedly revealed that the bakery simply paid so-called “straight time” to workers for all hours they worked, including those exceeding the standard 40-hour work week. Some employees putting in extra hours were instructed to use a second time card providing no indication of overtime hours worked.

A DOL spokesperson encourages employers having questions or concerns regarding wage matters to contact regulators for guidance. Company principals might also reasonably want to contact attorneys from a proven pro-business law firm for legal input and, when necessary, diligent representation concerning a wage-hour or related concern.

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