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Waipahu Waikele Pet Hospital Inc. will pay $61,887 in back-overtime to 85 employees, who also will receive an equal amount in damages.

Pet hospital officials agreed to pay the total amount of $123,774 following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division in Honolulu.

Investigators found that the employer failed to pay overtime to receptionists, technicians, kennel attendants and other employees who had worked more than 40 hours per week.

“Employers cannot enter into agreements with employees to receive straight-time pay for overtime hours worked when they are lawfully entitled to an overtime premium,” said Terence Trotter, the division’s district director in Hawaii, in a statement. “We appreciate the employer’s full cooperation in resolving this matter quickly and in fairness to the impacted workers.”

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