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MH hotel employees to receive back pay

WILLIAMSPORT–Eight employees of a Mill Hall hotel will share in $3,000 back pay and $3,000 damages if a federal judge approves the settlement in Fair Labor Standards Act case.

The U.S. Labor Department had accused TES Ltd. that does business as Valley Hotel and its owner Thomas E. Smith of underpaying employees.

A consent judgment filedin U.S. Middle District Court lists the following employees and what they are to receive in back wages: Jennifer Jaillet, $728.85; Curtis Killinger, $718.21; Cheryl Knecht, $89.75; Arleen Marshal, $41.90; Erin Van Gorder, $892.49; Desiree Malizia, $65.88; Lori Spicer, $30.82 and Marleen Wensel, $432.10.

The amount each is to receive in liquidated damages is the same as the back wages. The back pay is for the period Jan. 19, 2014, to Aug. 24. 2019.

The agreement, which awaits the signature of Judge Matthew W. Brann, does not affect the legal right of any of the right individuals from filing an action alleging violations outside that time period.

The judge previously had ruled some of the alleged violations were time barred.

Smith, as part of the consent judgment, agrees to pay employees time and a half when they work overtime and to keep and preserve payroll records.

He also agrees not to fire or retaliate against employees who disclose or threaten to disclose possible violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act or those who cooperate in an investigation into possible violations.

The Labor Department, by signing the agreement, does not waive its right to conduct further investigations of TES and Smith.

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