FULTON, Md. (Gray News) – Essential workers at four assisted living facilities in Maryland have been victimized by employers who did not pay them all the wages they were legally earning.
According to the Department of Labor, an investigation found that caregivers and technicians who worked at one of four centers owned and operated by International Health Care Consultants, Inc. were paid less than the federal minimum wage.
The IHCC paid some workers a daily rate of $65 per day for 12 hours of work, the Labor Department reports, which equates to less than $5.42 an hour.
Other employees were paid $80 a day for 12 hours of work, or less than $6.67 an hour.
Additionally, investigators found that some employees were only paid daytime rates for 12 hours when working 24-hour night shifts.
After nearly four years of litigation, a consent judgment was entered by the United States District Court on April 21, 2022 to resolve the violations, according to the Department of Labor.
A judge ordered IHCC to pay the employees $466,642 and an equal amount in damages, in addition to a civil penalty of $16,716 for the overtime violations — a combined total of $950,000.
“The significant amount of money owed to just 27 employees indicates that these employees worked very long hours, often with little or no sleep at all during their shifts,” said Nicholas Fiorello, district manager for the division. wages and hours, in Baltimore. “We remain committed to ensuring essential protections for essential workers and to providing clear and confidential compliance assistance to any worker or employer with questions.”
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