Cemex, has agreed to pay US$1.5 million in overtime to 1705 truck drivers in North Carolina and seven other states, settling a federal court lawsuit, the US Department of Labor has announced. The department began an investigation of Cemex pay practices after receiving a complaint about the company’s Tampa, Fla., operation, it said. That expanded to include Cemex workers in California, Georgia, New Mexico, South Carolina and Texas.
The workers involved drive ready-mix trucks for the company, which is the US subsidiary of Mexico-based Cemex. Cemex is presently the largest ready-mix supplier in the US.
The Labor Department said 2008 information from Cemex showed it comprises 18 cement plants either wholly or partially owned, 536 ready-mix plants, 102 aggregates quarries, 43 land distribution centers and 11 marine terminals.
“This legal action involving more than US$1.5 million in back wages for more than 1700 employees is intended to ensure that the company complies with federal overtime laws now and in the future," Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said in a statement announcing the settlement. "Earning overtime pay is how many Americans make ends meet, even though working long hours often means significant sacrifices for workers and their families.”