A temporary employee placement company has agreed to pay $1,866,943 in overtime back wages to 973 employees in order to resolve a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division office in Boston investigated 888 Consulting Group, Inc. of Dedham, Massachusetts, a company doing business as TAC Worldwide. The investigation found that that company had misclassified four employees at its headquarters in Dedham, and 969 other employees across the country as exempt from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
According to the DOL, the headquarters employees were payroll systems analysts and accountants, and the other workers across the country held temporary positions including project manager, business or project analyst, technical support, field engineer, business analyst, technical writer, financial analyst, network engineer, systems administrator, electrical engineer, technical manager, sales representative, software tester, help desk representative, network administrator and telecom engineer.
"We are very pleased that the department has succeeded in securing more than $1.8 million in back wages for these workers who were not properly paid for overtime," said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao in a press release.
A consent judgment signed December 1 requires 888 Consulting Group to pay overtime back wages for the period between February 18, 2006 and June 21, 2008. It also prohibits 888 Consulting Group from future violations of the FLSA's classification and overtime requirements.