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Molding firm ordered to pay back wages

Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has fined a White City wood products firm and ordered it to pay back wages to six workers.

BOLI determined the employees were not properly compensated for work performed between March and May of 2016. The agency ordered Oregon Fir Millwork, a molding manufacturer, to pay $56,631 in unpaid wages, penalty wages and civil penalties.

According to the final order, employees Andrade Concepcion, Ramon C. Castro, Stephen A. Hopkins, Elias Ontiveros, Luis J. Ontiveros and Eric Rubo filed a claim with BOLI's wage and hour division. The agency in August determined the employees were owed $26,317, including $503 for overtime. Administrative Judge Alan McCullough determined the firm's failure to pay was willful and awarded the employees $22,994 in penalty wages, and issued $7,320 in civil penalties.

A summary judgment was issued in the agency's favor Feb. 22, and BOLI Commissioner Brad Avakian signed the order March 17.

The employees, who earned between $13 and $23.66 hourly, were compensated between $1,400 and $8,540 in unpaid wages. Penalty wages ranged from $3,120 to $5,670.

According to the final order, the company's president, Doug Seeley, denied owing the penalty wages, and that "all employees involved will be eligible to return to work at full wage, and all prior wages will be paid in full."