Auto Store Owner Sued For Dumping 500 Pence In Alley Of Ex-Employee – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana weather
(CNN) – There are tough bosses. Then there are bosses throwing more than 500 pounds of greasy pennies down the aisle of a former employee.
The US Department of Labor filed a complaint late last month against a Georgia auto repair shop for violating federal labor laws, after its owner retaliated against a former employee who contacted the agency even though he had not received his last paycheck.
Miles Walker, the owner of A OK Walker Autoworks in Peachtree City, finally got Andreas Flaten’s final salary – by throwing 91,500 cents covered in oil down his driveway. The unwanted delivery is also accompanied by a note expressing a short curse.
Flaten quit his job at A OK after an argument with his boss and contacted the Department of Labor last January to say he was owed $ 915. The next day, Walker got a call from the ministry and said he would not pay Flaten. A few hours later, he decided to pay it off in pennies.
“How can you get this guy to understand what a disgusting example he is of a human being,” Walker said. “I have lots of money; I will use them.
Walker and Flaten did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.
In March 2021, Walker threw the pennies down Flaten’s driveway. Walker then posted on the store’s website.
“What started out as a trap for a shoddy ex-employee certainly gets a lot of press… let’s just say maybe he stole?” Maybe he killed a dog? Maybe he killed a cat? Maybe he was lazy? Maybe it was a butcher? the lawsuit claimed he wrote.
Flaten’s girlfriend posted a pennies video on Instagram, eliciting both outrage and sympathy from those who have also dealt with difficult bosses.
Flaten told Fox 5 Atlanta that moving the pennies around his garage took hours and flattened the tire on his wheelbarrow.
“By law, engaging workers with the US Department of Labor is a protected activity. Workers have the right to receive information about their rights in the workplace and to obtain the wages they have earned without fear of harassment or intimidation, ”said Steven Salazar, district director of the labor division. Atlanta Department of Labor wages and hours, in a statement.
The US Department of Labor is seeking $ 36,971 in back wages and damages on behalf of several employees, including Flaten. An investigation found that Walker and the store retaliated against and broke overtime laws by paying employees only a flat weekly rate. The lawsuit also alleges that the auto store failed to keep accurate payroll records.
” It does not matter. He got paid, that’s all that matters, ”Walker said. CBS46.