(NEXSTAR) – The owner of a car repair shop in Georgia is accused of repaying a former employee by paying the worker’s final salary, $ 915, in the form of more than 91,000 oil-wet pennies. Former employees of A OK Walker Autoworks, Andreas Flaten, may, however, have the richest revenge in the end.
The federal government has joined Flaten, which had lodged a complaint with state labor regulators in January 2021 after he said he withdrew from the Peachtree car dealership and his boss, Miles Walker, refused to give him his final check.
Shortly after being called by work officials, Walker stated: “How can you make this guy realize what a disgusting example of a human being he is … [y]you know what? “I have a lot of pennies, I’ll use them,” according to the legal complaint against him.
Walker then allegedly dumped about 91,500 pennies and a pay slip “marked with an explosion” in front of Flaten’s home, leaving his driveway so badly stained with oil that it took him seven hours to clean.
A statement posted on the workshop’s website, according to the complaint, reads:
What started as a godcha to a subordinate former employee, probably got a lot of pressure … Let’s just say he might have stolen? Maybe he killed a dog? Maybe he killed a cat? Maybe he was lazy? Maybe he was a butcher? … Know that no one would do the trouble we did to make a point without [sic] to be motivated. “
From Friday, it appeared that the statement had been removed.
“Under the law, employee engagement with the U.S. Department of Labor is a protected activity,” said Steven Salazar, Atlanta’s district director of payroll and hourly employment. “Workers have the right to receive information about their rights in the workplace and receive the salary they have earned without fear of harassment or threats.”
Further investigations found that Walker never paid his employees at the statutory overtime rate, even though they exceeded 40 hours of work per week, the Ministry of Labor stated.
The federal government is now suing Walker for $ 36,971 for unpaid wages, damages and violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Walker did not immediately respond to Nexstar’s request for comment, and the publicly listed phone number of the Peachtree City garage was disconnected.
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