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Carwashes ordered to pay over $300,000 in back wages

August 27, 2013
TUSCON, AZ — The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered three carwashes to pay more than $300,000 in back wages to employees taken off the clock when there were no cars to wash.

Department of Labor Community Outreach Coordinator Jesus Olivares said employees were on the job 40 hours a week and were only paid for 25 to 30 hours.

“The employees were not allowed to leave the establishment,” Olivares said in the Arizona Daily Star story. “The employees were told, ‘You’re going to wait here until more cars arrive, and then we’ll put you back on the clock.’ ”

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The review also found one of the carwashes was working three teenagers, aged 14 and 15, more than eight hours a day – a violation of federal labor laws.

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