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Georgia companies pay almost $90,000 in back wages to 39 employees

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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Two businesses, Lawrenceville gas stations and a check-cashing business, had to pay almost $90,000 in back wages to 39 employees.

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division found that Shifa Food and Gas LLC, which does business as Big EZ Chevron and Rainforest Chevron, and M&M Check Cashing LLC, located inside the gas stations, shared employees. The workers sometimes worked as cashiers at the gas stations and the check-cashing business at the same time.

However, the businesses had different owners. The workers did not receive overtime pay because the companies treated them as independent contractors instead of employees, according to the Department of Labor.

The Department also found that All Check Solutions LLC, owned by the same man who owns M&M Check Cashing LLC, did the same thing to its workers.

"The companies failed to pay the federal minimum wage for their employees’ training hours, and made illegal deductions from workers’ pay for allegedly failing to stock items properly in the store or mistakenly accepting bad checks from customers," said a press release from the Department of Labor. "The companies violated the FLSA recordkeeping requirements when they failed to maintain a record of payments made to workers they incorrectly considered to be independent contractors."

All Check Solutions paid $18,269 in back wages to nine employees. Shifa Food and Gas and M&M Check Cashing paid $70,443 in back wages to 30 employees.

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