LinkedIn is synonymous with profile lurking and best practices for glamming up your CV to find a new job. But now, the white-collar social network finds itself in the midst of a very public labor dispute, as the U.S. Department of Labor has found LinkedIn guilty of treating some of its employees unfairly--and it's time to pay up.
According to Bloomberg Businessweek, LinkedIn will have to pay about $6 million to former and current employees in California, Illinois, Nebraska, and New York for unpaid overtime wages. The figure includes over $3.3 million in retroactive wages and over $2.5 million in damages.
"Talent is LinkedIn’s number one priority," LinkedIn spokeswoman Shannon Stubo said in a statement, "so of course, we were eager to work closely with the Department of Labor to quickly and equitably rectify this situation."
LinkedIn asserts that the unpaid wages were a result of not having the "right tools in place" for members of its sales force to track work hours. And the Department of Labor said in a statement that the social network has "shown a great deal of integrity by fully cooperating with investigators and stepping up to the plate without hesitation."
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