Company Settles Overtime Dispute

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A Waynesboro-based firm, which operates 43 Clark Oil Company convenience stores in Alabama and Mississippi, will pay back overtime wages to 160 employees.

The U.S. Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division in Birmingham, in a statement issued Friday, said the company owes more than $44,000 in overtime pay for April 2003 to April 2005.

The agency said assistant managers were erroneously classified as exempt from the overtime provisions of federal law. He said the company had corrected the error but still had not paid the overtime. He said overtime also was not paid to cashiers at some stores.

Federal labor department officials said the company cooperated in the investigation.

Clark Oil also agreed to pay a $10,560 fine for allowing 16 and 17-year-old workers to clean and operate a power-driven commercial dough mixer and a meat slicer. Federal law prohibits minors under 18 from operating such machinery.

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