The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against Ali Haider, the owner of four 7-Eleven stores in Michigan, after an investigation revealed inaccurate payroll records. Haider, who is also the president of the Michigan Franchise Owners Association of 7-Eleven, owns and operates stores in Zeeland, East Lansing, and Perry. The investigation found that the company and its owner failed to pay workers time-and-a-half overtime from November 2020 to November 2022. Additionally, some workers were paid off the books and records of employee hours worked and pay received were not accurately recorded. These actions are a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division conducted the investigation and is seeking $36,528 in back wages and damages for 13 workers who were employed by Haider’s company, Ali & Companies LLC. The lawsuit highlights the importance of accurate payroll records and fair compensation for workers. By failing to pay overtime and keeping inaccurate records, the company and its owner have disregarded the rights of their employees. This case serves as a reminder of the legal obligations that employers have towards their workers and the consequences they may face for non-compliance with labor laws.
It is crucial for employers to ensure that they maintain accurate payroll records and comply with wage and hour regulations. This not only protects the rights of workers but also helps to maintain a fair and equitable work environment. The U.S. Department of Labor’s lawsuit against Ali Haider and his 7-Eleven stores sends a strong message that violations of labor laws will not be tolerated. The department is committed to holding employers accountable for their actions and ensuring that workers are treated fairly and receive the wages they are entitled to.