Company ordered to pay back wages for bathroom breaks

by Roger Yu

A publishing company near Philadelphia has been ordered by a judge to pay back wages – possibly up to $1.75 million -- to more than 6,000 employees after it neglected to pay for bathroom or other short breaks, according to a statement released by the Department of Labor Monday. 

American Future Systems, also known as Progressive Business Publications, violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by docking its telemarketers' wages "for virtually all time not spent making sales calls, sometimes bringing their wages below the federal minimum wage,” the DOL said. The federal minimum wage for nonexempt employees is $7.25 per hour for all hours worked, plus time and a half for hours worked beyond 40 per week. 

While the exact amount has not been determined, the DOL estimates that Progressive and its president, Edward Satell, “are liable for at least $1.75 million in back wages and liquidated damages to more than 6,000 employees who worked in 14 call centers” for violations occurring through June 2013. 

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