After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, Dallas-based Paradise Detail Ltd. is to pay 82 current and former detail and car wash employees $229,475 in back wages.

According to the investigation, Paradise Detail violated the Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime and minimum wage provisions.

"This company benefited by not paying employees all the wages they were entitled to receive," says Cynthia Watson, regional administrator for the Wage and Hour Division in the Southwest. "Car wash employees are among the most vulnerable employees in the work force. The Labor Department remains committed to protecting the rights and wages of these workers and to leveling the playing field for employers who play by the rules. The back wages paid in this case should serve as a warning to other employers to ensure that they are paying their employees in compliance with the laws."

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