Dozens of health care workers in Florida were never paid for the time they worked “off the clock,” prompting a federal investigation, according to labor officials.
Now, as a result of the investigation, the Orlando-based medical practice has refunded 49 employees, according to US Department of Labor.
Orlando Health Medical Group Urology has paid its employees $244,011 in back pay plus damages after investigators from the Health Department’s Wage and Hour Division found that some people were not being paid for overtime, the agency announced in a Jan. 23 news release.
“Employees are entitled to be compensated for all the work they do,” Orlando Wage and Hour District Director Vildaly De Jesus said in a statement. “If employers don’t pay employees for all the hours they work, they are profiting from that work and taking unfair advantage of those workers.”
McClatchy News contacted Orlando Health Medical Group Inc. for comment on January 23 and did not immediately receive a response.
Orlando health workers were owed back wages after investigators found they worked before and after scheduled shifts, officials said. Despite this, they did not receive overtime pay in violation of the rules Fair Labor Standards Actofficials said.
What’s more, according to the release, investigators found that Orlando Health inaccurately recorded the number of hours worked by its employees.
According to the DOL, the 49 employees who were underpaid worked at Orlando Health’s headquarters in Orlando and facilities in Clermont, Lake Mary and Oviedo. Each location was investigated by the Wage and Hour Department.
“Today’s workers can choose to work for employers who value them, pay them full wages and respect their labor rights,” De Jesus said. “Employers who comply with employment laws and value the dignity of work will have a clear advantage when it comes to retaining and hiring the people they need to run their businesses.”
Employees who believe they are not receiving full wages can contact their state’s wage and hour official by visiting the DOL interactive map.
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