The Department of Labor said Wednesday that a Pittsburgh home care agency will pay more than $1.4 million in back wages and damages to 218 workers for overtime violations.
The DOL said a consent decree entered in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh requires Everest Home Care LLC and its owner, Bhuwan Acharya, to pay $719,962 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidation plus $85,075 in civil penalties for violating Fair Labor Standards Play theater.
DOL wage and hour investigators determined that the employer paid workers an hourly rate directly instead of the hourly rate required for hours over 40 in a workweek, the department said in a statement.
The DOL said investigators found Everest tried to mask the wage theft by representing straight wages as overtime and failed to include recruiting commissions and hourly wages for coronavirus risks in employees̵7; wages when calculating overtime.
Everest’s lawyers did not respond to a request for comment.