Owner of Huntington Beach Apartment Complexes Loses Employee Overtime Lawsuit

Owner of Huntington Beach Apartment Complexes Loses Employee Overtime Lawsuit

Federal Judge Consuelo B. Marshall has ordered the owner of three Huntington Beach apartment complexes to stop violating provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and pay six employees due overtime wages.

As a result, Doug Taylor, CEO and general partner of Huntington Maddox, LP (d.b.a. The Maddox Apartments), Huntington Sandpiper, LP (d.b.a. The Sandpiper) and Las Brisas Del Mar, LP (d.b.a. Las Brisas Del Mar Apartments) must surrender more than $11,220 in owed overtime pay, agree never to threaten employees with retaliation for demanding overtime compensation, keep honest records and post notices of employee overtime rights in English and Spanish at each property.

Because of the judge's order this month, Taylor must also hire an independent third party to train employees how to comply with workplace overtime and record-keeping rules.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez filed the complaint in late August and it appears from court records that Taylor, who hired Call & Jensen for representation, did not strenuously fight the government's action.

The court's order requires Taylor to post the following notice for all his employees: "The Fair Labor Standards Act provides that all employees must be paid minimum wage for all hours worked. In addition, employees must be paid overtime, at a rate of time and one half their regular rate, for the hours they work over 40 in a workweek. All employees, whether they are paid hourly or on a piece or flat rate basis are entitled to overtime when they work over 40 hours."

If you believe your employer is cheating on overtime pay, confidentially call the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division at (626) 966-0478.

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