American Samoa Retailer to Pay Nearly $120,000 in Back Wages

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American Samoa department store retailer Manua’s Inc. has agreed to pay $119,850 in minimum wage and overtime back wages to 252 workers employed at stores in Tafuna, Pago Pago and Maleimi from Sept. 21, 2013, through Jan. 25, 2014.

According to the Wage and Hour Division, new employees worked five, eight or more hours daily and were paid a flat daily rate of $20.


The employer failed to pay workers for all hours, including time worked past the end of their scheduled shift or during their lunch period.

“Regardless of a probationary status, new employees are entitled to at least the minimum wage rate, and all employees should be paid not just their weekly scheduled hours but for their time actually worked,” said Terence Trotter, the division’s district director in Hawaii.