Vegas limo firm fined $232K for paying workers sub-minimum



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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor says a Las Vegas limousine company is being ordered to pay more than $232,000 to 479 employees who it says were paid less than minimum wage.

The department announced Monday that Executive Las Vegas made improper employee payroll deductions last year for items including uniforms, fuel, repairs, drug tests, badges, water cups and cash shortages.

The charges caused commission-based drivers to fall below the minimum wage.

Attorney James Jimmerson, a business co-owner, told the Las Vegas Sun (http://bit.ly/1EpfEL3 ) the company didn't deliberately withhold payments from employees.

He says Executive cooperated with the Labor Department to resolve mistakes.

Jimmerson also says many employees deliberately underreport tips.

Employers can pay tipped employees $2.13-an-hour, if tips make up at least the rest of the $7.25-an-hour federal minimum wage.

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