USDOL Investigation results in WV Employer Paying $119,040 to Employees with Disabilities to Resolve Violations

West Virginia

“After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, a federal jury has entered a verdict against Randolph County Sheltered Workshop Inc. - doing business as Seneca Designs - and ordered the Elkins nonprofit to pay $119,040 in back wages to 34 employees. Entered in the U.S District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia-Elkins Division, the investigation found that the organization violated the minimum wage provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Division investigators found violations that resulted from the employer’s failure to obtain a certificate authorizing their payment of sub-minimum wages to employees with disabilities. Absent that certificate, employees were legally due the full federal minimum wage. The Agency also found that the employer failed to post information about rights for employees with disabilities paid at a sub-minimum wage, as the law requires.”

State Policies & Initiatives: 
  • Other
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division
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