U.S. Department of Labor

05/14/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/14/2019 12:36

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Silicon Valley Company Paying $942,548 in Back Wages, Damages, and Penalties

SAN JOSE, CA - After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Yaana Technologies - a Silicon Valley data collection services company based in Milpitas, California - will pay $910,878 in back wages and liquidated damages to 34 employees for violating the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Additionally, WHD assessed $31,670 in civil penalties because of the repeat nature of the violations found.

WHD investigators found Yaana Technologies missed several payrolls, resulting in their failure to pay employees at least the federal minimum wage, and failure to pay overtime when employees worked more than 40 hours in a week. The employer also violated the recordkeeping requirements of the FLSA.

WHD found Yaana Technologies in violation of the same FLSA provisions when it failed to pay workers for multiple pay periods in 2017.

'Employees rightfully expect to receive their full earnings correctly and on time,' said Wage and Hour Division District Director Susana Blanco, in San Jose. 'We are committed to ensuring a level playing field for law-abiding employers, and we encourage all employers to use the tools the U.S. Department of Labor offers to learn about their responsibilities.'

For more information about the FLSA and other laws enforced by the Wage and Hour Division, contact the Division's toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Employers who discover overtime or minimum wage violations may self-report and resolve those violations without litigation through the PAID program. Information is also available at www.dol.gov/whd including a search tool to use if you think you may be owed back wages collected by WHD.