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Department of Labor Sues Shop Owner Who Dumped 91,500 Pennies On Ex-Worker’s Driveway

GLENVIEW, IL - JULY 06: Pennies are displayed at Glenview Coin & Collectibles July 6, 2006 in Glenview, Illinois. Reportedly due to manufacturing costs, the US Mint may be contemplating discontinuing the penny. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

The United States Department of Labor is suing a Georgia auto shop owner after he dumped 91,500 pennies on an ex-worker’s driveway.

The worker, Andreas Flaten, called the Department of Labor about a $915 check that was owed to him after he had stopped working at A-OK Walker Autoworks in Peachtree City, Georgia.

Walker claimed in the lawsuit that the check was prepared but it was never mailed. Flatten says Miles Walker retaliated against him by dumping the oil-soaked pennies on his driveway with a derogatory note.

The lawsuit against Walker and his business also claims he failed to pay legally required overtime rates and to keep adequate and accurate records of employees’ pay rates and work hours. The Department of Labor seeks $36,971 in back wages and damages for at least eight employees in addition to Flaten.

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