Owosso company ordered to pay $308,000 in back pay to 134 people

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OWOSSO (WJRT) (7/9/2018) - An Owosso-based truck accessories manufacturer has been ordered to pay more than $308,000 in back wages to 134 people.

Rugged Liner Inc. allegedly deducted 30 minutes of pay from each employee every day to account for a meal break. However, there was no record of whether employees actually took the breaks, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The company also deducted an additional 30 minutes from some employees' work time for rest periods, which the law requires they pay as regular work time, and not paying for time worked before or after shifts.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division says those violations also skewed some employees' bonus payments downward.

“The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to ensuring employees receive the wages they have rightfully earned, and that employers compete on a level playing field,” said Wage and Hour District Director Timolin Mitchell, in Detroit.

Employees who believe they are the victim of federal pay and timekeeping violations are welcome to call the Wage and Hour Division helpline at 1-866-487-9243.

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