Knowles Security in Orange County, California has agreed to pay $101,695 to
11 low-wage security guards who the Department of Labor says were paid straight
time for all hours worked, even when the employees worked more than 40 hours
in a workweek.
Knowles Security provides armed and unarmed security services for car lots,
shopping malls, and apartment complexes. The employees, most of whom were Hispanic,
were post and patrol guards, and all were paid at least minimum wage for all
Under the terms of the consent judgment, the firm agreed to make an initial
payment of $25,423 and pay the remainder of the back wages in equal monthly
installments over 24 months. The investigation covered October 25, 2002 through
October 25, 2004.
In settling the complaint, the company denied any wrongdoing.