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Company agrees to pay $1.6 million in back wages

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HOUMA, La. (AP) - A Louisiana labor staffing company has agreed to pay $1.6 million in back overtime wages to more than 1,500 workers.

The U.S. Labor Department announced Thursday that B&D Contracting has agreed to make the payments following an investigation into how the company calculated overtime.

Federal authorities say that B&D, which placed welders, pipe fitters, ship fitters and other workers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, wrongly classified some wages as per diem payments.

Investigators say that drove down the amount of overtime that workers earned, violating the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

The Houma-based company could not immediately be reached for comment late Thursday. Federal officials say that beyond agreeing to pay back wages, B&D is signing a settlement where it agrees to prevent future violations.

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