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November 18, 2010
Carwash Owes $1.9 Million in Back Wages

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.

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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.

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