Federal investigators recovered $ 106,245 in unpaid overtime wages and damages for 50 Southern California vending machine workers who were not paid for working all or part of their lunch breaks .
Investigators from the US Department of Labor’s Wages and Hours Division have found Parks Coffee California Inc. violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by making automatic one-hour deductions for lunch breaks, 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 the rate of pay for workers when they worked more. 40 hours per work week.
The investigation resulted in 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 services to customers in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona and Louisiana – could not be reached for comment.
“Parks Coffee is responsible for knowing what the law considers ‘working time’ for the exact payment of wages,” said Skarleth Kozlo, district deputy director for labor ministry wage and hour operations at West Covina.