SARDIS, Miss. (AP) — Employees at United Plastics' manufacturing plants in Sardis, Mississippi and Leominster, Massachusetts, will get a total of $1,433,618 in back wages and liquidated damages as part of a consent judgment obtained by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The department, in a news release Tuesday, said an investigation by its Wage and Hour Division found that the Leominster-based manufacturer and ASI Staffing Group Corp., which supplied contract labor to the company, systematically underpaid employees at both plants by denying them overtime pay they were entitled to.
The contract employees worked as machine operators, maintenance workers, molding technicians, color mixers and quality control workers, often in excess of 48 hours per week.
The violations were committed between November 2011 and October 2014. No violations were identified at the company's Gilbert, Arizona location.