Are you a gas station worker who is paid a flat monthly rate? If so, your hourly wages may be below the applicable minimum wage standard. The United States Department of Labor is working to ensure that shortchanging the wages of gas station workers ends.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against several gas stations that allegedly have been shortchanging their workers’ wages. According to the suit, filed in a New Jersey federal court, at least 16 employees have been shortchanged wages while working at four South Jersey gas stations.
Complying with Federal and Wage Hour Laws
The employees, who worked as gas pump attendants and convenience store clerks, were allegedly paid less than minimum wage by certain Gulf and Citgo gas stations. These gas stations are located on Route 130 in the towns of Collingswood, Oaklyn, and Haddon Township. According to the civil complaint, most of the employees worked at least 70 hours each week from April 2015 to May 2017. Certain employees worked as many as 84 hours per week.
Instead of complying with federal wage and hour laws, the gas station operators paid the workers a flat monthly wage of approximately $2,100 to $2,500. The monthly rate resulted in an hourly wage less than the applicable minimum wage. This violated wage laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act.
If the lawsuit is successful, the shortchanged employees could receive back wages, as well as other damages. The lawsuit also seeks a court order that would bar the gas station operators from further violating the federal Fair Labor Standards Act in the future.
South Jersey Wage Dispute Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. Fight for the Rights of Workers
If you are involved in a wage dispute with your employer, the experienced South Jersey wage dispute lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. are on your side. Our attorneys work with employees to help resolve difficult wage disputes and other employment related matters to help you claim the justice and compensation you deserve. With an office conveniently located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, we are ready to assist workers throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. To schedule your free initial consultation today, call us at 215-569-1999 or submit an online inquiry form.