When an employee who left the company reported to the authorities that he had not received his salary, the employer who committed a ‘coin terrorism’ with vindictiveness was accused by the US Department of Labor.
The New York Times (NYT) reported on the 9th (local time) that the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hours Bureau charged Miles Walker, the owner of an auto repair shop in Peachtree City, Georgia, for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) on December 30, last year. reported to the district court.
According to the New York Times, Walker, who runs a luxury car maintenance company ‘OK Walker Autoworks’ in Peachtree City, in March last year, poured 90,000 coins in front of the house of an ex-employee who was demanding overdue pay.
At the time, Walker had piled up a pile of 91,500 coins soaked in car oil in the driveway in front of his house, and wrote abusive language in the envelope containing his pay stubs.
The act was committed when the employee reported to the authorities on January 26, last year, that he did not receive a salary of $915 (1.1 million won).
The employee said, “It took 7 hours to clean the many coins that smelled like oil.”
The Labor Department said in a complaint that Walker used a one-cent coin to “coin terrorism” in retaliation against an employee.
The story spread not only in the United States but also around the world as the employee’s girlfriend posted it on Instagram.
Nevertheless, Walker showed a blatant attitude in an interview with a local broadcaster at the time, saying, “It is important that you are paid, not that you are paid in coins.”
However, the position of the Ministry of Labor is different. This is because Walker’s actions for committing ‘coin terrorism’ are retaliatory actions prohibited under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
In addition, the Ministry of Labor found that Walker did not properly pay other employees’ overtime pay, and demanded that he pay $36,971 (about 44.51 million won) in compensation for overtime pay and damages.
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