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San Juan Contractor will pay half a million dollars to settle wage claims

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Wage and Hour investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor found that some companies failed to pay workers for overtime hours.

A contractor in San Juan Puerto Rico will pay half a million dollars to nearly a thousand employees to settle wage claims for recovery work done after Hurricane Maria. Wage and Hour investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor found that Ceres Environmental Services Inc failed to reimburse workers for personal protective equipment, miscategorized workers in several job positions, and failed to pay workers for overtime hours.

The Law Doesn’t Change Because of a Natural Disaster

Employees of the company, including laborers, carpenters, roofers, and drivers often worked at least 12 hours a day, up to seven days a week during Maria recovery efforts. But the company did not pay these employees at one-and-one-half-times their normal hourly pay for all hours worked beyond the normal 40-workweek.

We are dedicated to helping the victims of Hurricane Maria get the compensation they deserve from the insurance providers to whom they have been paying premiums for insurance coverage. But we also know that the people who are working every day to physically rebuild the island deserve their fair pay. If you are a non-exempt hourly employee, you should be paid fairly for hours you work, including time-and-a-half for all hours worked over 40 per week.

And if you have hurricane damage claims that were unfairly denied, delayed, or underpaid, we can help you get the compensation you need and deserve to rebuild your home or business and get back to normal.


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