U.S. DOL: American Samoan Department Store to Pay $41,507 in Back Wages

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Guam –  O & O Inc., an American Samoa department store that also wholesales to smaller grocery and convenience stores, failed to pay the Fair Labor Standards Act’s required minimum wage and overtime premium to 49 workers, the Wage and Hour Division found. 

The investigation centered on the company’s Nu’uuli village location for a period of two years, beginning in March 2012. 

The company, investigators said, paid “day rate” employees between $25 and $30 for 8-hour shifts, which did not equate to the American Samoa minimum wage of $4.60 per hour for the retail and wholesale industry. Employees also did not receive the premium pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek. 

The company endorsed an agreement to comply with FLSA requirements and to pay $41,507 in back wages.