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Lema Industries Inc. et al.

New York, NY: (May-30-07) The US Labor Department filed a lawsuit against five regional construction companies, alleging that they underpaid their employees. The agency filed a wage and hour lawsuit against Lema Industries Inc., Lema Maintenance and Landscaping Corp., and Lema Construction Inc., all of Yorktown Heights; Wappingers Falls Construction Corp.; and Philipstown Construction Inc. of Cold Spring. Also named in the case were Manuel Lema, a supervisor, and Jose Lema, owner and president of all the companies excluding Wappingers Falls Construction, for which he was a manager. The suit claimed that 55 workers were denied overtime despite working more than 40 hours a week. The violations occurred starting in August 2001.

In a settlement reached, the companies agreed to pay $120,000 in unpaid overtime wages to the employees. Pleading financial hardship, the companies were allowed to make the payment over a period of 43 months, along with interest. As part of a settlement that the companies signed, the monthly payments started in April 2007 and will continue through October of 2010. The companies admitted no wrongdoing as part of their agreement to the settlement. [NEW YORK JOURNAL NEWS: CONSTRUCTION OVERTIME]

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Published on May-30-07


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