Amid the so-called “Great Resignation”, millions are leaving their jobs and abandoning the “work to live” mentality. An early adopter of the pandemic was Andreas Flatten, who worked at Autoshop in Georgia before quitting last March.
After reporting his final salary owed to the US Department of Labor (DOL), his transfers finally arrived in a somewhat unorthodox way: nearly $1,000 in fat pennies (91,500, to be exact) dumped in his driveway, said to be topped with reading notes,” Damn you!” (In a video posted by Flatten’s friend, she can be heard saying, “They’re covered in something; I don’t know what it is, but it smells funny,” while showing an oil film on her fingers after picking up a few pennies.)
Miles Walker, who owns A OK Walker Luxury Autoworks in Peachtree City, Georgia is now being sued by the DOL over the alleged incident. When asked if he was responsible or not, Walker told CBS46 that he “doesn’t really remember” if he poured the coins. “It doesn’t matter,” Walker said to the outlet.
In an official statement, Stephen Salzat, director of the DOL Wage and Hour District in Atlanta, said, “Workers’ engagement with the U.S. Department of Labor is a protected activity. Workers have the right to receive information about their rights in the workplace and to receive the wages they earn without fear of harassment or intimidation. “.
The lawsuit looks to recover more than $36,000 from Walker and his store on behalf of Flatten and other employees after he alleged that Walker broke overtime laws and withheld wages against several workers. The A OK Facebook page is now overwhelmed with comments from users calling Walker into the incident.
“As an employer, I know (and should) every employee leaves at some point. Be the type of employer that employees leave on good terms,” one user wrote. “It’s not difficult! But maybe you really enjoy being the subject of lawsuits and PR disasters. It seems to me that you are too immature to own a business. Step aside and let someone else take the wheel.”
“A penny for your thoughts Miles,” another said sarcastically. “I was just wondering how it feels to be sued for being a miserable petty bully.”
We’ll update you as the lawsuit progresses, unless you’d prefer to elaborate on the details in a sloppy coin.
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