of Labor has recovered $2,079,596 in back wages and liquidated damages for 87
attendants working at 25 southern New Jersey gas stations. This payment
resolves pay violations found during a series of investigations by the
States Department of Labor investigators found that the gas station owners
violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by failing to pay attendants the
federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, and failing to pay overtime
wages to employees when they worked more than 40 hours in a week.
Additionally, the owners failed to maintain accurate time and payroll records,
as required by law. The Department of Labor also assessed one
owner of six gas stations a civil money penalty of $8,976 for willful
Wage and Hour Division works to ensure that employees receive the wages they
have rightfully earned,” said a Department of Labor District Office Director.
“The Department of Labor will continue to monitor New Jersey’s gas station
industry for compliance, and we encourage all employers to reach out to us for
guidance. We offer many resources to provide employers [with] the tools they
need to understand their responsibilities and to comply with the law.”
Jersey is the only U.S. state that bars motorists from pumping their own gas.
Gas stations in New Jersey employ full-service gas station attendants to
operate gas pumps and provide related customer services. The attendants who
received back wages and damages were employed at the following gas stations:
Citgo, Gasco, Yardville, Lukoil, USA Gas, Valero, and Xtra Power Gas.