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Employees at four Sacramento Arco AM/PM stations will get back pay following labor investigation

Mike Dye of Tehachapi pumps gas at Arco AM/ PM at 21st and Broadway in Sacramento, Monday, November 11, 2002.
Mike Dye of Tehachapi pumps gas at Arco AM/ PM at 21st and Broadway in Sacramento, Monday, November 11, 2002. lsterling@sacbee.com

Employees working at four Arco AM/PM gas station/convenience stores in the Sacramento area will receive thousands of dollars in back overtime pay and damages in the aftermath of a recent U.S. Department of Labor investigation.

The department said Monday that the employees worked at stores “all under common ownership, doing business as Arco AM/PM.”

The local sites were identified as 2100 Broadway and 3921 Watt Ave. in Sacramento, 45 15th St. in West Sacramento and 4745 Watt Ave. in North Highlands.

In addition, the same investigation identified violations at AM/PM stores in Lodi and Orland.

In all, the Labor Department said 47 employees will be paid $132,150 in owed overtime back wages and damages.

Investigators said the workers were paid straight-time rates while working overtime hours, a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Investigators said the franchisee also falsified payroll records.

“While gas station attendants are among our nation’s lowest-paid workers, it does not mean they do not have a voice,” Cesar Avila, assistant district director of the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division in Sacramento, said in a statement.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover

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