Real Estate Investment Company Paid Back Wages and Penalties of $162,317 for FLSA Violations

Monday, April 11, 2016

Litke Investments LLC, a San Francisco-based real estate investment enterprise, that acquires, maintains and manages hotels and residential apartments under various legal and trade names in California, Texas, Oregon and North Dakota violated the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.   It improperly classified hourly-paid property managers as exempt from receiving overtime and paid them at straight time rates for hours worked.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found Litke Investments violated numerous FLSA provisions.  This same division investigated Litke in 2011 and found similar overtime violations. 

The company also incurred further overtime violations when it paid other workers straight time for hours worked beyond 40 per week.  It failed to combine the hours worked by employees working at multiple locations throughout the week when determining whether overtime was due.  Finally, the company did not keep complete and correct time records for employees, in violation of FLSA’s record keeping provisions.

The owner of Litke Investments has paid $51,429 in overtime back wages and an equal, additional amount in liquidated totaling $102,858 to 75 employees. In addition, the company paid civil money penalties totaling $8,030 due to the willful nature of the repeated violations found.
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