Apparently, its not only private employers in Florida that don’t comply with overtime requirements, the State of Florida has also now been found to be guilty of such violations. Nice work Rick Scott, keep up your excellent leadership!
For the second time in six years, a federal investigation has found the Florida Department of Children and Families violated labor laws by causing its employees to work overtime that went unrecorded and unpaid.
The U.S. Labor Department charges that between 2008 and 2010, the state agency asked child services investigators in its Miami and Northeast Florida regional offices to perform tasks they couldn’t complete within an eight-hour work day, according to documents obtained by The Ledger through public records requests.
Federal auditors concluded the resulting unrecorded and unpaid overtime hours worked by DCF employees violates the Fair Labor Standards Act, the records show.
The tasks DCF managers asked child-services investigators to perform included traveling, interviewing clients by phone and doing paperwork from their homes to meet performance standards. Auditors found the employees could not finish the tasks within an eight-hour day, leading to work unrecorded overtime.
The Department of Labor Report finds many other violations of overtime laws by Florida DCF and will be seeking to bring it in compliance as well as paying back wages to current and former employees.
If you believe you are owed overtime by your employer or back wages, go the to U.S Department of Labor or speak with a lawyer that handles wage theft issues such as Scott Behren and the Behren Law Firm.