A group of car washers is accusing its Jamaica employer of paying less than the minimum wage and cheating workers out of overtime.
The workers, who filed a lawsuit against A.J.A. Car Wash at 107-05 Merrick Blvd. in Brooklyn Federal Court Wednesday, said they are seeking back wages which they estimate add up to $400,000.
“I generally worked six days a week for over 70 hours a week but the boss doesn’t pay us any overtime,” said Miguel Yax, 34, who has worked at A.J.A. Car Wash for more than 15 years.
According to the lawsuit, Yax, who in 2009 was making $4.75 an hour, currently gets $7 an hour.
Other workers, the lawsuit claims, are paid $6 an hour.
The lawsuit also says that the car wash sends workers home without pay on rainy days and does not divide tips equally among the employees.