PITTSBURGH – A federal investigation into the Ziegler Tire and Supply Co. in three states – including an Altoona site – found overtime and record-keeping violations, according to the US Department of Labor.
The Department of Labor 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 all the wages they legally earned.
Workers at Ziegler Tire’s Altoona site at 6011 Kentucky Ave. will receive $ 3,896 in back wages, according to a press release from the department.
The department’s wages and hours division found Ziegler Tire called mechanics and tire technicians in the evening after normal business hours to perform auto service repairs. The employer did not add these “call out” hours in relation to the total number of hours worked by these employees and did not include commissions and call-back bonuses in the usual rates of pay for workers when determining overtime rates. These failures have led to systemic overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Ziegler’s failure to record all hours worked by employees resulted in record keeping violations.
The investigation recovered wage arrears at 16 Ziegler Tire and Supply Co. sites.
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 hotline at 866-487-9243.