A cell phone company based out of St. Petersburg, Florida, was forced to pay $41,677 in back wages to 111 employees at 54 locations in Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
According to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor, Fast Frontier LLC, which operates Cricket Wireless franchises, violated the minimum wage, overtime, and record-keeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Investigators found that Fast Frontier paid hourly employees a flat rate, which resulted in numerous overtime violations. The company also failed to pay proper commissions, maintained subpar record books, and in two cases failed to pay employees their final paychecks.
"The U.S. Department of Labor provides compliance assistance to help employers understand the law and avoid violations," said James Schmidt, Wage and Hour Division District Director, in Tampa. "When violations do occur, our enforcement helps to ensure that workers are paid the wages they have earned, and that employers compete on a level playing field. We encourage all employers to make use of the many tools we provide to help them understand and comply with the law, and to call us for assistance."
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