Some companies and businesses find ways around paying their employees the wages they deserve by paying their employees and then not keeping records of it or failing to pay them overtime pay. According to a recent case, The U.S. Labor Department stated that more than $1 million in back wages has been recovered for two hundred and ninety-five gas station workers after they investigated and found that the gas stations were not compliant with the regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, specifically minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. The Fair Labor Standards Act district director of the federal Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division stated that only twenty-five percent of the gas stations were compliant with the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The investigation by the U.S. Labor Department discovered violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act such as paying below the federal minimum wage of 7.25 an hour and not receiving time and half rates of pay when working more than forty hours in a single workweek. Finally, they also discovered that some employees were being paid “off the books”.
The executive director for the Gasoline C-Store Automotive Association stated that gas station employers are not trying to cheat their workers out of proper paid but that they just need lessons in correct bookkeeping according to federal law. In this case, the employees as a result of its investigation was able to recover a total of $ 1,014,895 for workers during the 2011 fiscal year.
Cases similar to this one occur all too frequently to employees across the United States and even right here to Tennessee employees. If you or someone you work with feel that you have been unfairly or improperly paid the wages or overtime you deserve, then we encourage you to contact one of our knowledgeable and caring Tennessee employment and overtime pay attorneys as soon as possible. We care about our clients and will see to it that you receive the compensation you are entitled to under the law.
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