(Berlin, Conn./CBS Connecticut) – A limo company based in Berlin has been ordered to pay a half-million dollars in back wages and damages to nearly 200 drivers who were denied legally required overtime wages.

The U.S. Department of Labor handed down the ruling against S. D. Transportation Services LLC, doing business as Premier Limousine.

Michelle Garvey, district director with the department’s Wage and Hour Division in Hartford, says these types of cases are “all too common” in the limo industry.

Garvey says the judgement ensures those who were shortchanged on overtime will be paid and will make the company obey laws in the future.

The department filed the suit following an investigation that found the defendants has violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

In a statement, Premier Chairman and CEO Stephen Dimarco says the company has “always hired the best chauffeurs and treated them with respect that they deserve”.

He says the company will continue to “accommodate employee schedules”, adding that although the law nationwide remains “unsettled” they will “comply fully with the terms” of the settlement.


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