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May 14, 2003
Cable Installers to Receive over $1M in Back Wages
VCI Telecom, Inc. has agreed to pay $1,074,375 in back wages to 227 employees as part of a settlement with the U. S. Department of Labor. The agreement settles charges that the company violated the overtime pay provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

An investigation by the Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division revealed that the company failed to pay employees overtime rates of at least one and one half times their regular pay rates for hours over forty worked in a work week, as federal law requires. The employees worked laying and installing cable in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura and Orange counties.

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"The Labor Department is committed to ensuring that workers are paid for all the hours worked, including overtime, through compliance assistance and strong enforcement," says U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. "Most employers comply with our laws, but we will aggressively enforce the law if an employer purposefully avoids paying workers overtime when due."

VCI, based in Upland, Calif., agreed to pay back wages for the period September 10, 2000 through March 10, 2002. The amount of back wages recovered ranged from $24 to $31,271.


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