Convenience Stores Pay Workers $750K

     ST. LOUIS (CN) – QuikTrip will pay almost $750,000 to more than 3,800 workers it stiffed for overtime in nine states, the U.S. Department of Labor said. The Tulsa-based convenience store chain said the underpayments to workers in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas were caused by a computer error.

     A Department of Labor investigation found that QuikTrip violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay employees for overtime.
     “I am pleased that this case has resulted in almost $750,000 in back wages being paid to thousands of workers across nine states,” Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said in a statement.
     QuikTrip workers will get $747,729.
     QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the problem was caused by a programming error and that the employees have already received their back pay.

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