$106,000 in unpaid wages, damages awarded to coffee machine workers in Southern California – Orange County Register

Federal investigators have recovered $106,245 in unpaid overtime and damages for 50 Southern California vending machine workers who were unpaid for working all or part of their lunch breaks.

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that Parks Coffee California Inc. violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by making automatic one-hour lunch break deductions, even though employee breaks were not always free from work.

The company, which supplies and operates beverage vending machines, also violated overtime requirements by failing to document and include bonuses and commissions in workers’ pay rates when they worked longer hours. 40 hours per week.

The investigation led to the recovery of $53,122 in back wages, plus an additional $53,122 in damages for the 50 employees.

The company, a subsidiary of Parks Coffee Inc. of Carrollton, Texas, has offices in Santa Fe Springs and operates gourmet vending machines in office buildings and workplaces in the greater Los Angeles and San Diego areas. .

Representatives for the company – which also provides service to customers in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona and Louisiana – could not be reached for comment.

“Parks Coffee is responsible for knowing what the law considers ‘work time’ for the correct payment of wages,” said Skarleth Kozlo, deputy district director for wage and hour operations for the Department of Labor in West Covina.

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