Athens company must pay $165K for failing to pay overtime

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — An Athens-based rehabilitation and senior care facility must pay more than $165,000 in back wages and damages for failing to pay overtime to workers.

The U.S. Department of Labor tells media outlets that Athens Rehab and SeniorCare violated the overtime and record keeping terms of the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act by requiring employees to start work before their shifts began. The company didn’t record the work until the first minute of their scheduled shift start time.

As a result, employees were not paid for work prior to their shifts.

The department says Athens Rehab also incorrectly classified two salaried maintenance workers as “exempt” from overtime.

Athens Rehab will pay back wages of $82,595, plus liquidated damages, for a total of $165,190, to 237 employees.

News outlets were unable to reach Athens Rehab for comment.

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