Caliber Auto Transfer of Ohio, a vehicle distribution facility based in Fostoria,
has paid $77,171 in back wages to 43 employees following an investigation by
the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. The Division investigated
Caliber under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the federal law that establishes
the minimum wage and overtime standards.
The investigation disclosed overtime violations for hourly-paid office employees
and switcher crews who moved boxcars in the yard. The workers were paid straight-time
for all hours and were not paid time and one-half after 40 hours in a week.
The violations occurred from April 2003 through April 2005. Caliber reportedly
cooperated fully during the investigation. After the Wage and Hour Division
explained the overtime requirements of the FLSA, the company immediately changed
its payroll policies to ensure that all workers are paid properly.