The owner of six Northern California AM/PM stations has been fined for allegedly failing to pay overtime and travel expenses for 47 employees, according to the U.S. Labor Department.
The owner has been charged $66,075 in back wages plus damages that bring the total fine to twice that amount. Federal law requires employers to pay their employees time-and-a-half for overtime.
The business was targeted by the Sacramento office of the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, which oversees 18 investigators who seek out employment violations.
The investigation launched in June 2016 and the fine is due in late January, said Rick Newton, the Labor Department’s district director.
While the name of the employer was not disclosed, a statement released by the department said the six gas stations were all under common ownership.
Records filed with the California Secretary of State show the entities that owned the gas stations filed under the names Kulvir Mehroke, Lehmber Singh, Gulzar Singh and Balwinder Singh Wraich.
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Source: Sacramento Business Journal