$124,239 in Back Wages Paid to Employees of Protective Equipment Company for FLSA Violations

Friday, August 9, 2013

Tyr Tactical LLC, a military and protective gear manufacturer, has paid $124,239 in back wages to 79 current and former workers after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that Tyr Tactical violated the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Investigators from the divisions’ Phoenix District Office found that the employer paid hourly workers straight time wages for all hours worked without any overtime premium for hours worked beyond 40 per week, as required by the FLSA.

Tyr Tactical agreed to comply with all provisions of the FLSA, and has paid back wages.

The FLSA requires that covered employees be paid at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, as well as one and one-half times their regular rates for every hour they work beyond 40 per week. The law also requires employers to maintain accurate records of employees’ wages, hours and other conditions of employment, and prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who exercise their rights under the law. The FLSA provides that employers who violate the law are generally liable to employees for their back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages, which are paid directly to the affected employees.

The company manufactures and sells accessories and protective equipment, such as bulletproof vests and specialized backpacks and pouches. Clients include security agents, law enforcement officers, active-duty military personnel and the public.

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