On May 22, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that he had secured a guilty plea from the owner of a Suffolk County car wash who failed to pay at least 10 workers the state-mandated minimum wage and required overtime wages.
Schneiderman’s investigation revealed that the business owner paid at least 10 car wash employees hourly rates of as little as $4, and failed to pay overtime wages for most employees. The NYS minimum wage is $7.25 per hour and New York requires a rate of time and a half for more than 40 hours per week.
For his failure to comply with NYS Wage & Hour regulations, the business owner will pay $75,000 in restitution for unpaid wages, and his business will submit to two years of monitoring of its employment practices by Schneiderman’s office.
If you have any questions regarding this article, or issues concerning workplace compliance, please call PMP at 516-921-3400.
Alan B. Pearl