The owner of three Buffalo area gas stations will pay $84,000 in back pay to 41 employees, plus $1,000 in civil penalties. According to investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, the owner stiffed workers out of overtime pay when they worked over 40 hours in a week.
Other offenses also violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The DOL says time cards were falsified to hide illegal pay practices. The owner also failed to pay workers for training time and for required work prior to their shifts. When workers worked at more than one location, he counted the hours separately to avoid paying overtime.
Additionally, he docked employee pay for cash register shortages, missing lottery tickets or other reasons. In some cases, this resulted in the employee’s pay falling below minimum wage.