DCF Illegally Denies Overtime

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ The Florida Department of Children & Families is accused of coercing employees to work overtime without pay.

An investigation by the the U.S. Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division found that DCF illegally denied overtime to 126 Palm Beach County abuse investigators between August 2004 and September 2005.

DCF employees said their supervisors used fear and coercion to convince them to work overtime without reporting it.

The Palm Beach Post obtained details of the case through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The case is now closed because the state agreed to pay about $165,000 in back wages. Officials say the DCF administrator who was
in charge of Palm Beach County at the time no longer works for the
agency.


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