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Harrisburg, Pa., mayor’s bookstore settles overtime complaint

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Harrisburg, Pa., Mayor Eric Papenfuse touted his business experience when running for mayor in 2013, but outdated accounting software may have led him to violate the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The mayor’s store, The Midtown Scholar, paid overtime when workers worked more than 80 hours in two weeks, rather than the 40 hours in one week, as the FLSA requires.

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) came to the store that Papenfuse owns jointly with his wife after a former employee filed a complaint. In the interim, the store had changed accounting software and lost old pay records. Investigators pieced together lost pay calculations from interviews and what data they could retrieve from the system.

Ultimately WHD determined the store owed 15 employees $1,800 in back wages for the period from November 2013 to November 2015.

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