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Carwashes take a bath over unpaid wages

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in Compensation and Benefits,Human Resources

Two Bronx carwashes, Tremont Car Wash and Webster Car Wash, and their corporate president have agreed to pay $707,298 in back wages and damages to 237 employees.

U.S. Labor Department investigators found that employees at both carwashes were required to work more than 70 hours per week without being paid the federal minimum wage or overtime. The companies also failed to keep adequate and accurate records.

Note: The New York State Department of Labor Commissioner, M. Patricia Smith, has announced a stepped-up enforcement effort against businesses that violate wage-and-hour laws. Make sure all hourly employees are forbidden to work over breaks or lunches or before and after shifts.  

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