Nearly 300 New Jersey gas station workers will receive $1,014,895 in back wages recovered during a multi-part investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.
Seventy-four investigations during Fiscal Year 2011 found “consistent and widespread noncompliance with the minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act,” according to a release from the Department of Labor.
Sixty-nine of the investigations took place at BP branded stations, and many others at stations whose owners also own BP stations. Violations included payment below federal minimum wage, failure to pay overtime and off-the-books cash payments.
The FLSA sets a $7.25/hour minimum wage and requires time and a half for hours exceeding 40 per week.