US Department of Labor recovers $23K in back wages for 8 workers denied their full wages by Pago Pago employer who violated federal law
PAGO PAGO, AS – A federal investigation recovered $23,358 in back wages for eight employees of a Pago Pago employer who failed to pay eight workers for work performed before and after their scheduled shifts. The employer required the work but failed to record the time and pay for the hours. Additionally, the employer illegally deducted meal breaks and lodging costs from worker’s pay.
Investigators with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found Solid Corp. – an enterprise consisting of Worldwide Cash Station, Worldwide Car Rental and Worldwide Tours & Travel Inc. – violated the Fair Labor Standards Act when it failed to pay for all hours of work and for made improper deductions. The division also determined the employer did not combine hours worked across multiple locations and failed to keep accurate records. The failure to count hours worked before and after shifts and to combine hours worked at multiple locations resulted in overtime violations when employees worked more than 40 hours per week.
“Solid Corp. failed to record, count and pay workers for all their time they worked and shortchanged them of their lawfully earned wages,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Terence Trotter in Honolulu. “The employer also did not combine all hours worked by staff at their various locations throughout the workweek for overtime purposes. We encourage all employers to review their pay practices and to contact us for information about how to avoid violations.”
The Wage and Hour Division is committed to protecting and enhancing the welfare of workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fiscal year 2021, the division helped more than 190,000 workers and recovered more than $230 million in total back wages.
For more information about the FLSA and other laws enforced by the division, contact the agency’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Learn more about the Wage and Hour Division, including a search tool to use if you think you may be owed back wages collected by the division. Workers can call the Wage and Hour Division confidentially with questions – regardless of their immigration status – and the department can speak with callers in more than 200 languages.