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September 24, 2003
Department of Labor Recovers $228,410 in Back Pay for Unpaid Overtime
Lake Charles Stevedores Inc. has agreed to pay $228,410 in back wages to 278 current and former employees after an investigation by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor found that the workers were underpaid for working overtime.

The investigation determined that Lake Charles Stevedores Inc., based in Lake Charles, La., failed to properly pay overtime to its stevedores, clerks and warehouse employees from Dec. 29, 2000, to Jan. 17, 2003, required by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), according to investigators. The company also failed to combine hours worked on multiple shifts to determine its overtime obligations and failed to include in its regular rate computations other payments such as on-call hours.

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The company was paying "straight time" for overtime hours. Under the FLSA, covered employees should receive time and one-half their regular rate of pay when they work more than 40 hours in a workweek. Lake Charles Stevedores Inc. has agreed to future compliance, according to the department.

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