Florida furniture manufacturer ordered to pay $92k in denied overtime wages

EAST BRADENTON, Fla. – The U.S. Dept. of Labor has ordered Florida-based outdoor furniture manufacturer Alumatech to pay more than $92,000 in back wages to workers.

After an investigation, the DOL found the company failed to pay eight employees overtime rates as required for working more than 40 hours in a week. The workers were paid through a piece-rate system, meaning they’re paid a fixed amount for each furniture piece produced, regardless of time spent working.

“Employers who choose to pay employees by piece or hour must still pay non-exempt employees the required overtime rate for hours over 40 in a workweek,” said Nicolas Ratmiroff, district director of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. “Employers should contact the Wage and Hour Division to ensure their pay practices comply with the law. Faulty pay practices can lead to sizeable wage and damage recoveries and possibly penalties, all of which makes for a very costly lesson.”

The company has also been fined $8,328 for repeat violations. In a previous investigation, the DOL recovered more than $8,000 for the same violation committed from 2016 to 2018.

Alumatech has been manufacturing outdoor patio furniture in the U.S. since 1988, according to its website. It employs around 55 workers.

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