DOL Announces Construction Company to Pay $1.2 Million in Back Wages

DOL Secretary Elaine L Chao has announced that Desert Plastering, a Las Vegas plastering and masonry company, will pay nearly $1.2 million in back wages to 1,060 current and former employees following an investigation by the Department’s Wage and Hour Division.


The DOL found that the lathers, finishers, plasterers and estimators, who worked as many as 58 hours a week, did not receive overtime pay. The company also failed to properly record the hours of work for these employees.


The employer’s pay practices came to the DOL’s attention through the Employment Education and Outreach (EMPLEO) initiative, which is a joint effort among local business and community organizations, state and federal government agencies, and the Consulate of Mexico in Las Vegas to help Spanish-speaking workers and employers understand federal and state workplace rights and responsibilities.


By Patricia A. Schaeffer, Vice President-Regulatory Affairs

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