Ken McPeek Stables To Pay $59,000 In Back Wages
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A group of workers employed by veteran horse trainer Ken McPeek, a prolific figure at Keeneland, have been awarded $59,000 in back wages after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that Kenneth McPeek Racing Stables, doing business as Kenneth McPeek, had incorrectly classified 142 employees as exempt from overtime pay and failed to maintain accurate records of the workers’ hours.
"In the Kenneth McPeek investigation, there is a misconception that these employees who are working at these commercial racetracks are exempt under agriculture and that is not the case. They are not considered agriculture employees when they are working at a commercial racetrack," say Karen Garnett, district director with the Labor Department.
McPeek has agreed to pay the back wages and to maintain proper records of hours worked. The investigators also found that McPeek had failed to post the Fair Labor Standards Act in the workplace.