Limo service pays $500,000 to end overtime dispute

Website of Premiere Limousine.
Website of Premiere Limousine.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut limousine company has agreed to pay $500,000 in back wages and damages to 183 drivers the U.S. Department of Labor says were denied overtime.

The department said Wednesday the settlement in U.S. District Court in New Haven resolves a lawsuit against S.D. Transportation Services LLC, doing business as Premier Limousine in Berlin, and owner Stephen DiMarco.

DiMarco said the drivers have been exempt from overtime for 30 years and work the hours that met their needs. He said despite Premier’s defense and the fact that the law is unsettled, the company agreed to the settlement to end the matter.

Michelle Garvey, director of the Wage and Hour Division in Hartford, says such labor violations are common in the industry, prompting unannounced visits in Connecticut and Rhode Island by labor investigators.


STATEMENT FROM STEPHEN DIMARCO, CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF PREMIER LIMOUSINE

Wednesday, July 10, 2014 – “Premier Limousine has always hired the best chauffeurs and treated them as professionals with the respect that they deserve, and we greatly value their service and contribution to our success. We have always operated in good faith and in compliance with all applicable wage and hour laws. During the past 30 years, our chauffeurs have been exempt from overtime and have benefited from the freedom to work the hours that met their needs. Premier Limousine will continue to work to accommodate employee schedules and ensure that customer satisfaction remains a top priority. Despite Premier’s vigorous defense and the fact that the law throughout the country is still unsettled, we have entered into this settlement to put this matter behind us and will comply fully with its terms.”

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