Miss., La. companies cited for failure to pay Katrina cleanup overtime

Published 6:57 pm Tuesday, July 18, 2006

A Hattiesburg company that performed debris removal in Lamar and Forrest counties is among three businesses ordered to pay back wages totaling $181,689 for problems that included failure to pay overtime worked.

Ninnahtoosii Inc. of Hattiesburg and Richard Disposal Inc. and Kimberly Wilson, doing business as Garretson Construction of New Orleans, were cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.

All three companies performed debris clean up after Hurricane Katrina for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Garretson Construction picked up debris in Orleans Parish.

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The Wage and Hour Division order, released Monday, affects 164 employees to whom the three companies allegedly failed to pay fringe benefits, failed to pay the correct overtime and, in some instances, failed to pay for all hours worked.

The Labor Department said the companies cooperated with the investigation.