NEWARK — Officials say a New Jersey flooring company has been ordered to pay more than a dozen employees $280,000 total in back pay and damages as part of a lawsuit filed by federal labor regulators. reports that a federal consent judgment on Tuesday ordered the owners of Ferry Carpets, Inc. to pay employees, who officials say were paid for 40 hours of work a week despite working up to 72 hours a week.

A U.S. Department of Labor complaint says the Newark company also altered records to show the employees didn't work overtime.

Ferry has agreed to use an automated time clock to record employee hours and hire an independent auditor to review the company's compliance with the rules.

The company's owner couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

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