DOL Investigation Finds Mail Hauler Failed to Pay Employees Prevailing Wages and Fringe Benefits

U.S. Department of Labor News Release
April 22, 2019

ATLANTA, GA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Postal Fleet Services Inc. – based in Saint Augustine, Florida – will pay $329,057 in back wages and benefits to 53 employees for violating requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA).

WHD investigators determined Postal Fleet Services Inc. failed to pay drivers the prevailing wage rates required by the SCA for work they performed on a contract for the U.S. Postal Service to haul mail in Montgomery, Alabama and Tupelo, Mississippi. The violations occurred when the employer failed to pay drivers for time they spent working before their scheduled shifts sorting mail, and for time they spent driving company trucks from one city to another between their local routes. The employer also failed to pay employees the fringe benefits required by the SCA, and failed to maintain records of the hours employees worked, a violation of the FLSA.

“No federal contractor should gain an economic advantage by paying employees below the prevailing wages and fringe benefits their contract requires,” said Wage and Hour Regional Administrator Juan Coria, in Atlanta, Georgia. “Federal service contracts spell out employers’ responsibilities when they bid on these jobs. We encourage all employers to review their legal obligations and to contact the Wage and Hour Division for compliance assistance. Violations like these can be avoided.”

The SCA requires contractors and subcontractors performing services on prime contracts in excess of $2,500 to pay service employees in various classes no less than the wage rates and fringe benefits found prevailing in the locality, or the rates, including prospective increases, contained in a predecessor contractor’s collective bargaining agreement.

For more information about the FLSA, SCA, and other laws enforced by the Wage and Hour Division, contact the toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Employers who discover overtime or minimum wage violations may self-report and resolve those violations without litigation through the PAID program. Information is also available at

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

3 thoughts on “DOL Investigation Finds Mail Hauler Failed to Pay Employees Prevailing Wages and Fringe Benefits

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    I worked for the US Postal Fleet in Gulfport, MS for four days in the month of June On the 11th of June I informed my supervisor that due to the lack of sleep I was receiving I could no longer work there. I have not received a paycheck. I was told that I would be paid in July. It is now August and I still have not been paid.

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    What mail were they sorting?

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    And they need to pay clerks for drivers sorting mail.

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