Utah-based call center company pays back wages

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A top federal regulator says a Salt Lake City-based call center company has paid nearly $2 million to settle complaints it failed to pay workers for overtime.

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis says Teleperformance USA workers are receiving the back wages they deserved.

The U.S. Labor Department says the company failed to pay for short breaks or when employees were on the clock but waiting for work stations to open. Other workers were misclassified as salaried.

There was no immediate response from Teleperformance USA, where an executive said Wednesday he planned to have a public-relations firm return a call from The Associated Press.

The settlement covers nearly 16,000 people who worked at Teleperformance USA in Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

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