Operators of a New York City carwash have agreed to pay $1.9 million for failing to pay minimum and overtime wages, New York Labor Commissioner Colleen Gardner recently announced.
An investigation by the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) found that the operators of the Broadway Bridge Carwash in Upper Manhattan failed to pay workers more than $1.2 million in minimum wages, overtime wages and earned tips between 2003 and 2008. The company owes $858,322 to 36 employees for whom the operators maintained partial payroll records, plus $415,342 to employees who have yet to be identified because they were paid in cash, NYSDOL said. According to the charges, many employees worked 12 hours a day, 6days a week at the carwash without overtime, and some earned as little as $3.75 an hour.
In addition to back wages, the operators must pay damages of $127,366 and interest of $345,000 to employees, plus $214,581 in civil penalties to NYSDOL.