$161,000 recovered in back wages for Georgia auto shop workers after minimum wage, overtime violations
CHEROKEE COUNTY, Georgia — The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded several workers at a Canton, Georgia auto shop more than $160,000 in back wages and damages after finding multiple labor violations.
According to the US Department of Labor investigation, Cherokee Tire Service LLC abused 19 workers.
Investigators from the department’s Wage and Hour Division found that the tire department was keeping some workers’ first weekly paychecks as a uniform deposit, which violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.
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The employer also failed to pay certain non-exempt employees at time and a half on their regular rate for overtime when they worked more than 40 hours in the work week.
In addition to the withheld checks and lack of overtime pay, the employer failed to add certain premiums to the workers’ hourly rates as required to calculate overtime rates.
The division also found that the employer failed to keep accurate records of hours worked and overtime premiums paid.
The division recovered $161,983 in back wages and damages for affected workers.
Wage and Hour Division District Manager Steven Salazar said when business owners don’t pay their employees properly, it’s harder for them to make ends meet.
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“When business owners don’t pay full wages for the work of their employees, those workers and their families have to work harder to make ends meet,” Salazar said. “Employers who fail to meet their obligations to workers may find it difficult to retain and recruit the employees they need to ensure the success of their business.”
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