On February 09, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, against Apollo Industries and individually against the plant supervisor alleging that they failed to pay employees at least minimum wage ($7.25 per hour) and legally required overtime. The DOL alleges that the company only paid workers “straight time” for hours worked beyond 40 in a workweek as opposed to time and a half of their regular hourly rates of pay. The DOL also alleges that for some of the hours that the employees worked, the company failed to compensate the workers at least $7.25 per hour.
In filing the federal FLSA lawsuit, the DOL is seeking to recover unpaid minimum wage and overtime compensation for over 190 employees since February 10, 2012 and an equal amount of liquidated damages. Liquidated damages are also referred to as “double damages” because, if awarded, the Court can double the amount that is owed to the employees.