The firm ordered to pay damages to 289 employees
According to a report by the US Department of Labor, Advantix Logistics Corp., a staffing firm based in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, and its owner Michael Mortorano has been ordered to pay $910,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 289 employees. This is due to the firm’s failure to pay overtime and maintain accurate records of employees’ working hours. The workers at Advantix were paid a combination of hourly and piece rates but were not given an overtime premium when they worked more than 40 hours per week. These employees worked for long hours of up to 70 hours per week at warehouses where they loaded and unloaded freight from containers and pallets.
The consent judgment requires the company and its owner to pay $455,000 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages. The Solicitor of Labor Jeffrey Rogoff in New York emphasized that staffing agencies would be held accountable if they failed to pay their employees their legally earned wages. Advantix Logistics Corp. had previously faced another consent judgment in November 2022, which required the firm to pay $65,000 in damages to a former employee who was fired after complaining about not being paid for all hours worked.