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Feds recover over $129K from Ziegler in back wages

Investigation shows employer failed to record all hours, pay overtime

PITTSBURGH — A federal investigation of the Ziegler Tire and Supply Co. in three states — including an Altoona location — found overtime and record keeping violations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Department of Labor has recovered $129,612 in back wages for 154 workers in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Ohio. It is alleged that Ziegler Tire and Supply Co. failed to pay workers for all the wages they legally earned.

Workers at Ziegler Tire’s Altoona location at 6011 Kentucky Ave., will receive $3,896 in back wages, according to a department news release.

The department’s Wage and Hour Division found Ziegler Tire called mechanics and tire technicians in the evening after normal working hours to complete auto service repairs. The employer failed to add these “call-out” hours to the total hours these employees worked and failed to include commissions and call-out bonuses in workers’ regular rates of pay when determining overtime rates. These failures led to systemic overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Ziegler’s failure to record all the hours employees worked resulted in record keeping violations.

The investigation led to recovery of back wages at 16 Ziegler Tire and Supply Co. locations.

Based in Massillon, Ohio, Ziegler Tire and Supply Co. operates commercial service centers providing tires and other services.

For more information about the FLSA and other laws enforced by the agency, contact the division’s toll-free helpline at 866-487-9243.

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