A convenience store chain with more than 30 locations in Iowa and along the border is accused of not paying its workers their due. Oklahoma-based QuikTrip is agreeing to pay nearly $750,000 in overtime and other bonuses to thousands of employees in Iowa, Nebraska and seven other states.
Elizabeth Todd, spokeswoman for the U.S. Labor Department, says the investigation by the Wage and Hour Division found Tulsa-based QuikTrip violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay its employees the overtime compensation they were entitled to receive. She says QuikTrip also failed to pay the additional overtime premiums on performance-related bonuses.
Todd says, "There are about 3,819 employees involved in the investigation." Todd couldn’t say how many employees in Iowa or Nebraska are getting the back-pay. She says, "QuikTrip cooperated with the investigation and they have agreed to future compliance."
Todd says, "We’re very pleased that the case resulted in collecting all of these back wages for these employees." Q-T has 22 stores in central Iowa and 11 stores in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area, along with dozens more in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.