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AG: 5 Star Car Wash has to pay after not paying minimum wage

The corporate owner of an Elmont car wash and its manager have agreed to make restitution of $154,951 to 16 current or former workers who were paid less than the minimum wage over a three-year period, the state attorney general said Thursday.

The FCN Corp., owner of 5 Star Car Wash on Linden Boulevard, paid the workers as little as $6 an hour between Jan. 1, 2014, and February 2017, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said in a news release.

During that period, the minimum wage was between $8 and $9 an hour and has since risen to $10 in Nassau County, he said.

“It’s simple: hardworking New Yorkers must be paid a fair day’s wage,” the attorney general said. “The conduct of 5 Star was unacceptable and my office will continue to take action against all those who violate the rights of their employees.”

He said the company failed to keep the proper records required by law and also committed other wage violations.

The manager of the car wash, Christopher Conte, did not immediately respond to a message left at his office but the attorney for 5 Star, Stephen D. Hans of Long Island City, said the car wash wanted to resolve things with the attorney general to maintain a “harmonious workforce.”

Hans said there could have been unintentional mix-ups with calculations or documents relating to employee payments by the car wash.

“We settled and what we’re looking for is for workers to be productive and happy,” Hans said. “The message to employees,” he added, is that the company wants to pay the employees what the attorney general said it owes.

With Lisa Irizarry

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