FORT IRWIN About 865 employees working for a contractor and two subcontractors at Fort Irwin received $1,060,554 in wages they hadn't received between October 2008 and October 2010.


A U.S. Department of Labor investigation determined that Virginia company CALNET and subcontractors Acclaim Technical Services Inc. and McNeil Technologies of Huntington Beach and Virginia respectively had not paid their workers for all the time they were on-call, violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.


The companies also failed to maintain proper records of the number of hours their employees worked and what they were paid. The department ordered CALNET to pay $676,698 in back wages to 597 employees. Acclaim Technical Services paid $234,311 to 177 employees. McNeil Technologies paid $149,545 to 91 employees.


The three contractors provide language, intelligence and information technology services to the U.S. Army at the National Training Center. The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that employees be paid at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour for all hours worked plus time and a half for hours worked beyond 40 per week.