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Neb. Title Co. to pay $93,000 in back overtime pay

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Federal officials say Nebraska Title Co. has agreed to pay $92,782 in overtime pay that was improperly denied to 24 workers.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division announced the penalty Thursday. Regulators say Nebraska Title improperly classified its real estate closers as exempt from overtime.

The department's Michael Staebell says workers aren't exempt from overtime simply because they are paid a salary. These employees were working more than 40 hours a week in jobs that qualify for overtime.

Officials at Nebraska Title didn't immediately respond to a message Thursday. The company has offices in Beatrice, Lincoln, Omaha and Plattsmouth, and it is owned by Title Midwest of Topeka, Kan.