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December 07, 2004
Workers in 11 States Receive $638K in Back Wages
Staffworks, Inc., a San Clemente, California, company operating in 24 locations across 11 states, has paid $637,951 in back wages to 878 employees to settle a Department of Labor investigation accusing the company of violating federal overtime laws.

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Investigators from the department's Wage and Hour Division said they found that the company paid commissions to employees based on fees negotiated with individual truck drivers to unload the goods. However, no additional compensation was paid for hours worked over 40 per week, according to the department.
The employees worked at locations in California, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.

The investigation covered the period from January 19, 2002, through January 17, 2004.

The Wage and Hour Division recovered nearly $197 million in back wages in fiscal year (FY) 2004 for more than 288,000 workers. Average days to resolve a complaint decreased in FY 2004 from 108 days to 92 days.

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