Gas station owner pays employees $1.47M in back wages

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LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) -- The owner of six gas stations in southern New Jersey has paid nearly $1.5 million in back wages and damages to 24 gas station attendants to resolve labor violations.

The U.S. Labor Department says Manjit Guleria regularly required employees at his one Lukoil and five Citgo stations to work seven days a week, 10 or more hours a day. The workers received a salary resulting in them being paid well below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

Under terms of the settlement, 24 employees will receive nearly $736,000 dollars in unpaid minimum wage and overtime compensation and nearly $736,000 in liquidated damages.

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