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Using cash to avoid paying OT just cost a Florida business over $62,000

dneal@MiamiHerald.com

A Pasco County golf cart retailer paid $62,413 in back pay and damages after getting caught trying to take a few strokes off their workers’ overtime pay, the Department of Labor has announced.

Instead of paying workers overtime when they earned it, Affordable Golf Carts would pay them regular per hour pay in cash, according to the Labor Department. Paying in cash also diminishes the paper trail, which was already wispy after Affordable didn’t record the overtime its employees worked.

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“Paying employees in cash off the books does not relieve employers of their responsibility to pay employees the wages they have legally earned,” Wage and Hour Division District Director James Schmidt said in a statement on Tuesday.

Owner Denise Van Den Heuvel registered Affordable Golf Carts as a corporation with the state of Florida in 2005.

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