Download the Q13 News weather app here

Feds: Housing management company failed to pay minimum wage

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

TACOMA, Wash. — Federal authorities say a company that manages apartment complexes throughout Washington state has agreed to pay $239,000 to 79 workers for overtime and minimum wage violations.

Tacoma-based Cambridge Management Inc. manages more than 100 properties in Washington, including in Tacoma, Olympia, Chehalis, Spokane, Clarkson, Moses Lake, Sunnyside, Quincy, Walla Walla and the Tri-Cities.

The U.S. Labor Department said in a news release Tuesday the company improperly failed to pay overtime to property managers and maintenance technicians who worked more than 40 hours per week; took credits toward worker wages that were greater than allowed by law for providing company-owned apartments; and required some technicians to provide their own tools — expenses that drove their effective wages below $7.25 per hour.

In addition to providing back pay and damages, Cambridge Management has agreed to change its pay and recordkeeping practices.