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Florida company sued for overtime pay

November 9, 2012

ST. PAUL, MN — One cleaner's work schedule of seven days a week is simple enough to understand; how the employer accounted for those hours is the basis of a lawsuit, according to the Pioneer Press.

maria cruzThe first five days Maria Cruz worked she earned her straight-time pay, on the sixth day she would earn overtime, but on the seventh day the company's policy got complicated, the article stated.

According to the article, on her seventh day of work, Cruz would punch in on a "ghost employee's" timecard, the timecard of someone who, for example, no longer worked for the company.

Cruz and 11 other workers, filed suit against Diversified Maintenance last year, claiming the company violated federal law by cheating employees out of overtime pay, the article noted.

Diversified says that it has paid millions of dollars in overtime, that it doesn't have a policy against paying overtime, and that it doesn't have a policy of using "ghost employees," the article added.

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