Pest Control employer denies 59 workers overtime totaling more than $175,000

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — Investigators with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that 59 Port Charlotte employees had not been paid for overtime work totaling more than $175,000 that the U.S. Department owed retrieve.

Investigators found that the employer failed to pay non-exempt workers overtime for more than 40 hours in a work week, a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The division also found that pest eliminators deducted time from worker hours for lunch breaks when employees were not taking a break. Commissions in the regular rate, factoring in the overtime rate, have resulted in pest eliminators paying lower overtime rates than the law requires.

The salary arrears that have been recovered and liquidated are $175,587 for the 59 employees.

“Many employers mistakenly believe that salaried employees are not entitled to overtime pay. When companies like Pest Eliminators get it wrong, the bottom line can get costly. Employers who fail to comply and continue to pay workers less than they have earned can quickly struggle to maintain the workforce needed to stay in business.

Nicolas Ratmiroff, district manager of the wages and hours division, in Tampa, Fla. “

Employers can contact the Wage and Hour Division at 1-800-487-9243. There are also online resources here.