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The HR person is technically correct that in situations where a person is being investigated the employer doesn't have to pay them, even if it the investigation turns out to show the employee was not in the wrong. The Fair Labor Standards Act just does not consider that compensible time.
That being said, you shouldn't have been put out in the first place, so I think that you have a reasonable basis to complain to the Department of Justice. If the company won't correct the issue themselves, that's really the only option left here.
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