Employer name: Envirotech Mechanical Systems LLC
Investigation site: 270 Lake Meadows Drive
Montgomery, TX 77316
Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found Envirotech Mechanical Systems LLC – a heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractor in Montgomery – failed to pay air conditioning repair technicians the overtime premium at one and one-half the regular rate of pay for hours over 40 in workweek as the Fair Labor Standards Act requires.
Back wages recovered: $61,591 in back wages to 79 employees
Quote: “By not paying the proper overtime, this employer denied employees their hard-earned wages,” explained the Wage and Hour Division’s District Director Robin Mallett in Houston. “The law requires employers to pay workers all of their rightful wages, including overtime pay for hours over 40 in a workweek. Employers who fail to pay workers legally gain an unfair competitive advantage over those employers who abide by the law.”
Background: In fiscal year 2021, the Wage and Hour Division recovered more than $36 million for more than 21,000 construction industry workers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 242,000 industry workers quit their jobs in March 2022, matching the all-time high in November 2005. As job openings and employment levels continue to increase, employers whose pay practices violate federal law will likely find it more difficult to recruit and retain workers, than employers who pay their workers their rightful wages and benefits.