Prague Business Agrees To Pay Nearly $70,000 In Back Wages

Thursday, July 29th 2010, 2:08 pm
By: News On 6

PRAGUE, OK -- A Prague business has agreed to pay $69,728 in back wages to 76 current and former workers following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor.

That investigation found employees of Morgan Well Service were not paid overtime wages as required under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

"This action demonstrates that the department is committed to ensuring workers receive the wages they have worked hard for and deserve," said Cynthia Watson, the Wage and Hour Division's regional administrator for the Southwest. "I encourage employers to take time to know the law and commit to abide by it."

An investigation by the Wage and Hour Division's Oklahoma City District Office determined that Morgan Well Service, which services oil well equipment, failed to compensate employees time and one-half for hours worked when traveling from the company's facility to various well sites.

The company also failed to maintain accurate time and payroll records.

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that covered employees be paid at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 for all hours worked, plus time and one-half their regular rates of pay, including commissions, bonuses and incentive pay, for hours worked beyond 40 per week.