The U.S. Labor Department ordered St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center to repay more than $34,000, the equivalent of two years’ back wages, to many of its residents who were required to do menial tasks to earn their keep.
Officials with the Missouri Department of Mental Health declined to comment on the report or the payments. But as part of the inquiry, the facility has also agreed to adjust the way it figures those wages to comply with federal standards.
The final report by federal labor inspectors concluded the facility was underpaying the workers, 73 in all, by 46 percent. Wages went as low as 85 cents an hour, the report shows.