- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Federal officials say an Oregon businessman must pay 33 employees more than $512,000 in unpaid wages and damages after being caught in a scheme to avoid paying overtime.

The U.S. Labor Department says David Emami of West Linn and three of his companies willfully violated the overtime and record-keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/kv7BP2 ) that the Labor Department says U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez has ordered Emami to pay the workers unpaid overtime and damages.

The agency found that the affected workers at commercial properties owned or maintained by Emami were required to fill out two time cards for most pay periods, and then typically received two paychecks, from different companies. Emami claimed the employees were independent contractors during the hours they worked for certain companies.

The combined paychecks covered all of the employees’ hours, including those exceeding 40 hours per week, paid at straight time.

Emami did not immediately respond to an email request for comment Monday.


Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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