26 Aug 2015

American Samoan employer punished for wage violations

3:23 pm on 26 August 2015

The US Department of Labor has found minimum wage and overtime violations involving three-jointly owned businesses in American Samoa.

The Labor Department says the employers paid drivers and cashiers less than the should have; paid garment makers on a commission basis that did not always meet the minimum wage of US$4.18 per hour and rounded down the hours worked by some employees.

The employers have also delayed the payment of some overtime earned, "banking" it for a future date.

The employers have agreed to pay nearly US$70,000 dollars in arrears to the workers.