An Orange-based roofing company agreed to pay $ 758,166 in back pay and fines after investigators found 341 workers had not paid overtime.
A recent investigation by Saddleback Roofing Inc., conducted by the Department of Labor’s Department of Labor and Employment, found that the owner of the privately held company paid flat salaries to some employees regardless of the number of hours worked.
Other violations resulted from the employer’s practice of paying overtime at flat rates, in separate pay slips or in unrecorded cash.
The investigation resulted in $ 616,651 in arrears wages being reclaimed to address violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act for overtime. The Company received civil penalties of $ 141,515 for the deliberate nature of the violations, bringing the total to $ 758,166. Saddleback has also been cited for record violations.
Representatives with Saddleback could not be reached for comment on Friday.
Skarleth Kozlo, assistant director of the labor department’s wages and hours department in West Covina, said wage theft was a costly problem.
“Employers must pay workers all wages they have legally earned, including overtime,” Kozlo said in a statement. “Saddleback Roofing pays a heavy price for arrears and fines for their violations.”
With offices in Orange and Frisco, Texas, Saddleback has served commercial and industrial roofers since 1956. The company’s website states that the company is recognized as one of the leading replacement, repair, coating and maintenance companies in the region.
Saddleback has led large roofing projects at the Forum Arena in Inglewood, the Honda Center in Anaheim, and the Ralphs, Vons and Stater Bros. supermarkets. Saddleback also performs maintenance and repairs for many well-known restaurant and hotel chains, including Applebee’s and Hampton and Marriott Hotels.