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CVS Pays $226,598 In Civil Penalties For Wage Violations

Published by on December 12, 2007

The U.S. Department of Labor announced December 10, 2007, that CVS Pharmacy, Inc. will pay $226,598 in civil penalties and $38,151 in back wages in connection with the settlement of an FLSA investigation into wage and youth employment violations. According to the press release violations included: “78 minors were found to have been exposed to […]

The U.S. Department of Labor announced December 10, 2007, that CVS Pharmacy, Inc. will pay $226,598 in civil penalties and $38,151 in back wages in connection with the settlement of an FLSA investigation into wage and youth employment violations.

According to the press release violations included:

“78 minors were found to have been exposed to the hazards of loading/unloading/operation of cardboard compactors/balers at various CVS locations; seven minors were found to have been employed in violation of the law’s time standards; and 51 employees were found to be due a total of $38,151 in back wages, mostly because of the improper editing of their timecards by store managers.  Of the 63 sites investigated, 43 stores had FLSA wage and/or youth employment violations.”

I highlight the danger of allowing managers unfettered discretion to “edit” employee timecards.  Wage violation cases frequently involve that fact pattern.  While legitimate modifications are acceptable, excessive modifications to time records are virtually impossible to explain (or defend) in the face of the employee’s testimony that they worked the hours that were taken away.

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