These 24 N.J. gas stations stiffed workers out of $2M in wages, OT pay
Owners of 24 gas stations in New Jersey will have to pay attendants more than $2 million in back compensation for failing to pay workers minimum wage and overtime since January 2017.
The federal Department of Labor's Wage and Hours Division found the stations violated fair labor regulations for 87 employees and failed to keep accurate time and payroll records, the agency said Monday.
"The Wage and Hour Division works to ensure that employees receive the wages they have rightfully earned," said the Charlene Rachor, WHD's Southern New Jersey District Office Director.
Federal rules require a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and overtime for employees who worked more than 40 hours a week. ...
More than $1.4 million of the back pay is owed by one owner, Manjit Guleria, who operate five of the listed Citgo stations and the Merchantville Lukoil. The Department of Labor's investigation showed Guleria required employees to work at least 10 hours a day, seven days a week, authorities said.
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San Francisco Chronicle
California cites seven Bay Area restaurants for $10 million wage theft
Showing an aggressive approach to the multibillion-dollar problem of wage theft in California, state investigators have cited seven Bay Area restaurants for more than $10 million in stolen wages.
The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement said Thursday that it cited the restaurants for wage violations. Half of the $10 million comes from wages allegedly stolen from 133 workers at a single restaurant, Kome Japanese Seafood Buffet in Daly City.
The allegations of wage violations include failure to pay minimum wage and overtime, as well as illegal accounting for tips, the state said.
Wage theft, worker advocates and state officials say, affects vulnerable populations and is a drag on the state’s economy. Restaurant owners and lawyers representing them, meanwhile, say that record keeping and compliance with a variety of laws is a challenge, particularly for small operators.
David Leung, an owner of Kome, denies the claims against his restaurant, and said he plans to appeal the citation.
“Servers are liars, they always want more, they want more money,” Leung told The Chronicle. ...
Wage theft costs California workers up to $2 billion a year, a report from the Economic Policy Institute estimates. Recent citations issued by the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, which Su oversees, include a $7 million charge against six residential care facilities in Los Angeles and a $500,000 charge against a Los Angeles restaurant.