Feds order Lockheed Martin to pay $325,000 in back wages


The U.S. Department of Labor ordered Lockheed Martin to pay more than $325,000 in back wages to 20 employees working in a Florida Panhandle plant after the agency said the defense giant had erroneously classified them as exempt from overtime pay.

Investigators found that the company paid the crew at an aircraft weapons system facility in Crestview flat weekly salaries “without regard to the number of hours they actually worked,” which resulted in violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime requirements. The employees worked more than 40 hours and did not receive pay for any hours beyond 40, instead drawing a set salary.