US Department of Labor recovers $144K in back pay, damages for 11 mechanics denied full wages at Southern California tire shop
Employer: B&R Tires Inc.
Investigation sites: 15115 Whittram Ave.
Fontana, CA 92335
Investigation findings: U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigators found B&R Tires Inc – a vehicle maintenance business that provides repair services and tire replacements – failed to pay employees for all hours worked, including time they spent putting on and removing work clothes, gear or equipment. The employer also failed to pay required overtime rates for hours over 40 in a workweek. The employer also failed to keep records of hours worked. These actions violated overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Back Wages Recovered: $72,167 in back wages for 11 employees
$72,167 in damages for 11 employees
Penalties paid: $6,787 in civil money penalties
Quote: “The U.S. Department of Labor is determined to make sure employers pay their workers their rightfully earned wages under the law,” said Wage and Hour Division Assistant District Director Rafael Valles in West Covina, California. “The department’s Wage and Hour Division is ready to help workers know their rights, no matter where they come from, and also assist employers understand their responsibilities.”
Background: Learn more about the Wage and Hour Division, and its search tool if you think you may be owed back wages collected by the division. Download the agency’s new Timesheet App, now available for Android and iOS devices, to ensure hours and pay are accurate.