Boston, MA: (Apr-28-08) The US Department of Labor brought a lawsuit against medical laboratory operator Quest Diagnostics Inc., a company that collects blood, urine and tissue samples from medical centers for medical diagnosis, alleging that it failed to adequately pay its employees, misclassifying them as being exempt from overtime requirements. The suit stated that the company had failed to fully pay 238 employees nationwide. Following complaints, the federal agency investigated records at Quest's Cambridge lab. The investigations revealed that client systems analysts nationwide didn't receive overtime pay they deserved.
As part of a settlement reached in the case, Madison, NJ, based Quest agreed to pay $688,772 in back wages for alleged violations of federal labor law. Company spokespersons stated that Quest is committed to treating its employees with fairness, dignity and respect and that the workers receiving back pay under the settlement make up less than 1% of the company's work force of 43,500.
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