In Minneapolis, janitorial firm haunted by ‘ghost’ timecards

Source: Business Management Daily.com, December 28, 2012

Minneapolis janitors working for Diversified Maintenance Systems (DMS) have received conditional class-action status in a Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuit that alleges the company orchestrated a timecard switching scheme designed to avoid paying overtime. According to the complaint, the janitors were told to use their regular timecards until they worked 40 hours in a week. From then on, they were given “ghost” timecards, timecards with former employees’ names on them. The janitors were then allegedly paid cash for the “ghost” time. … DMS admits that the fraudulent practices occurred, but blames them on a rogue manager, who no longer works for the company and cannot be found. …